Monthly Archives: August 2017

For Banned Books Week, Join #RebelReader Twitter Tournament

Join the celebration of “Words Have Power” at your library. The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating Banned Books Week (September 24-30) with a national Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament challenges readers to tweet action items that spotlight library resources, First Amendment rights and the harms of censorship using the hashtag #RebelReader.

Libraries (public, school, academic, special) and qualifying nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to become partners of the ALA Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. Read the Official Rules here.

In addition to participating and promoting the national tournament with their own social media channels, Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament partners are encouraged to tailor the program to their communities, drawing attention to the freedom to read and highlighting their own resources.

Audio Description to Allow Blind To “See” Eclipse

Reposted from the American Council of the Blind

The Audio Description Project announces an opportunity for blind people world-wide to experience the upcoming total eclipse of the sun.

On Monday, August 21, the sun will disappear from view for many in the U.S., and the sky will go completely dark. Through the use of succinct, imaginative and vivid language — audio description — the event will be accessible to the millions of people who are blind or have low vision, or anyone who wishes to experience a verbal version of the visual.

Between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm (MDT) on August 21, Dr. Joel Snyder will host “A Total Eclipse—Audio Described!” on ACB Radio. Snyder, the director of ACB’s Audio Description Project, will present an hour of songs (“Ain’t Got No Sunshine,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Blinded by the Light,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” etc.) interviews and special guests—with the main event being described live from the Tennessee School for the Blind between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm (MDT).

Trained audio describer, Nashville-based Julia Cawthon will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in.

“Audio Description uses the spoken word to provide access to visual images that would otherwise not be accessible to people who are blind or have low vision,” stated Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. “Audio describers help make so many aspects of our culture accessible. We’re delighted to sponsor this program on August 21 and help people experience this important event.”

To access the broadcast, go to and select “Click Here to Play.” Then be sure to select the link that opens the player that you use to listen to music or stream internet radio stations.

You can also listen on any telephone by dialing 605-475-8130 and select option 4. If you are using an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, install “ACB Link”; open the app, select the radio tab and then tap on the menu button. Select “live streams” and “ACB Radio Interactive”, select the play button and the stream will launch.

The Audio Description Project is an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Additional information about ACB’s Audio Description Project is available at


August 2017 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the August 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

A-Tisket, a-Tasket, a WLLI Basket!

From Anna Smedts, WLLI Advisor

Congratulations to all our basket winners and a HUGE THANKS to all those who so graciously (and creatively!) contributed to the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) basket fundraiser.

At the drawing (L to R): Johanna Tuttle, Abby Beaver, Darcy Acord, Chris Van Burgh, and Anna Smedts.

This year, the baskets were especially eye-catching and generously stuffed, drawing in many last-minute ticket purchasers with hopes of taking home the bounty. The “Basque-kit,” “Spirit of Sheridan,” “Devil’s Tower,” and “Wyoming Redneck” baskets were popular and fun reflections of our Wyoming culture. Raffle contestants were hard-pressed to choose between titles like “Zen and the Art of Gardening,” “Don’t Mess With a Princess,” “Margarita Madness,” and “Tuscany, WY.” From literary themes (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — WOW!), date nights (“Movie” or “Staycation”?) to “Canning” and “Creativity” baskets, there was something for everyone. Thank you all again, so very much, for your generous support of the WLLI; whether you bought tickets or built a basket, we appreciate you!

Nearly $1,400 was raised, which will go toward covering the costs of the 2018 Institute in beautiful Lander, Wyoming, next July. We hope to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for Wyoming librarians to gain skills in leading, communicating, collaborating, and engaging within their library systems and communities. Please consider applying to attend the 2018 Institute, or recommending it to a colleague — we have some exciting plans in place!

About 25 baskets were contributed to the WLLI raffle this year. Volunteers who helped out included Cynthia Twing, Megan Herold, Abby Beaver, Johanna Tuttle, Rachael Yates, Nancy Venable, Michelle Humber, Marci Mock, Karen Funk, Darcy Acord, Bonnie Stahla, and Anna Smedts. A few of the winners are pictured below with their baskets.


Eclipse: What to Do, What to Expect

(Click to download PDF)

The solar eclipse is nearly upon us. On Monday, August 21, libraries across Wyoming will celebrate this celestial event with patrons and visitors.

The Wyoming State Library has a handy, ready-to-print flyer on the eclipse for your use. You can also check out our Wyoming and the Solar Eclipse 2017 for handy links and a webinar recording.

We spotted these handy things to know on the Laramie County Library System blog in a post by Jennifer Rife, Design and Humanities Coordinator at LCLS. She has graciously allowed us to share them:

*Most* of What You Need To Know for the August 21 Wyoming Eclipse

Are you ready for the Great American Eclipse of 2017?

Here at the library we’ve been preparing for months, and we’re ready! Being a library, we are a source for finding accurate and reputable information. Our staff has fielded lots of questions about the eclipse, and we’re hoping to give you answers and sources to some of the most common inquiries. Here’s some information to get you started, plus links to reliable sources help you find more.


  • As the moon blocks the sun, the temperature will drop! (Think of what happens when the sun goes down of an evening)
  • Shadow bands (fluctuations in light) may appear, and small eclipse images may show on the ground under tree leaves (the leaves function as a sort of pinhole viewer).
  • NASA has a wonderful page for learning all you want to know about what to expect!
  • Animals don’t tend to act that differently during partial eclipses like what we’ll see in Laramie County, but there are reports that under the path of totality when it gets really dark they want to go to bed. For example, farm animals may head toward the barn, thinking it is night.


  • View the eclipse through ISO 12312-2 standard certified eclipse glasses, #14 welder’s glass, or ISO certified filters on binoculars or telescopes.
    • The ISO certification will be printed on the glasses.
    • Here are guidelines to ensure your glasses are safe, with information about reputable companies.
  • Under a partial eclipse (like the one to take place over Laramie County), there is no safe time to view the eclipse without eye protection.
  • Be sure to leave your glasses on until you turn your head away from the sun!
  • Tinted car windows, dark sunglasses, etc. ARE NOT SAFE for looking directly at the sun!


  • If planning to take photos of the eclipse, whether with a camera or cell phone, read these NASA guidelines
  • Use safe-viewing practices by not gazing at the eclipse through your camera without a filter so as to not damage your eyes.



Wyoming Workshop for the Digital Public Library of America

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) is the new Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The DPLA website is a portal that allows visitors to discover and then go directly to the digital collections in your home institution.  It’s hoped that every institution in Colorado and Wyoming has the opportunity to participate in the DPLA through the PPC.  We invite you to learn more about how to do this!

What to expect

On September 28, 2017, the Colorado State Library, in partnership with the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Library, will provide a free event in Wyoming for participants to learn more about the PPC.  The PPC is a joint program of the Colorado and Wyoming State Libraries and is an opportunity for you to give your institution’s unique digital collections national exposure.  During this event you will learn about Wyoming’s participation in this national digital landscape along with the nuts and bolts of participating in the PPC and the DPLA.   We would also like to hear from you!  So please bring your questions or participation concerns to the session.

What you need to know

  • Where: University of Wyoming, Coe Library, Room Coe-506. 1000 E University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071
  • When: September 28, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 – 2:30
  • Parking: On campus parking pass will be provided

Cost, Registration, & Food

  • This event is free!
  • Register online.  Registration will close on September 8th.
  • Lunch will be provided (courtesy of the University of Wyoming).


  • 10:00-10:10: Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:10-11:00: Introduction to the DPLA and the PPC
  • 11:00-11:10: Break
  • 11:10-12:00: PPC Participation 101
  • 12:00 – 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 – 2:00: Wyoming’s landscape and participation in the DPLA
  • 2:00-2:30: Questions and Sharing

If you have any questions about this event please contact, Leigh Jeremias at

WLA Elects Two to Board

Kate Mutch

At its 2017 conference, the Wyoming Library Association announced that Kate Mutch was elected as its new Vice President/President-Elect. Mutch is Assistant Director at Natrona County Public Library.  “One of the greatest things about librarians is the willingness to share with others — information, materials and even themselves,” Mutch said in her candidate statement. “Wyoming libraries excel at this in a way I haven’t seen elsewhere. I believe working together to provide the best possible library service makes all of our libraries stronger.”


Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore, Converse County Library Assistant Director, was elected MPLA Representative, succeeding Steve Boss. “I believe very strongly in access without restrictions, the importance of libraries in our communities, exemplary customer service; and financial responsibility to our taxpayers,” she said. “MPLA has given me so much: grants for school, the Leadership Institute, and the support and friendship of librarians throughout the mountain western states.”

Thanks go to the other candidates on the ballot who were willing to step forward and offer their time and talents to WLA: Jennisen Lucas, who ran for Vice President, and Steve Boss and Nancy Venable, who ran for MPLA Representative. It was truly an excellent slate of candidates this year, and all of them should be commended.

Where to Find Eclipse Glasses at Last Minute

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will darken Wyoming’s skies — be sure to keep your eyes safe.

That said, the Wyoming State Library is OUT of eclipse glasses. We can no longer accommodate any requests. The Laramie County Library System is also out of glasses. Please check the list below for possible places to find them.

If you plan to view the eclipse, be safe and find an ISO 12312-2 certified pair. (See NASA’s safety guidelines.) As of the last information we’ve received, the following locations may still have eclipse glasses for sale. Please note that this is intended to be a helpful guide; we recommend contacting the vendor to verify that they’re still available.

  • C&D DISTRIBUTORS & BINGO (4906 Ridge Rd., 307-634-6911)
  • LINCOLNWAY SUPER PAWN (2825 E. Lincolnway, 307-632-3820)


  • 16th Street Mercantile
  • Albertson’s
  • Cheyenne Eye Clinic
  • Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department
  • King Soopers
  • Lions Club
  • Little America
  • Lowe’s
  • Maverik
  • Natural Grocers
  • Safeway (S. Greeley)
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Walmart
  • Wyoming State Museum