Monthly Archives: August 2017

LRCC Fall Literacy Conference Planned at UW

The Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) is hosting its annual Fall Literacy Conference for teachers around the state on September 22-23, 2017, at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. The Wyoming School-University Partnership has been a co-planner.

This year’s theme is “Sharpening our Focus: Comprehension Across Disciplines and Grade Levels.” Conference goals are to bring together pre-K, elementary, and secondary level teachers, librarians, and school administrators to examine current issues and trends in comprehension teaching, instruction, and research for preK-12 student.

Registration is $35. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the participant or their employer, but a limited number of travel scholarships are available; to be considered, apply on the registration form.

Learn more and register. You can also view past conference archives.

Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) renewal credit will be available to Wyoming certified teachers as well as UW’s EDCI 5959 credit for only $50.00.

Library Card Sign-Up Month: What’s Your #LibrarySuperpower?

As summer slips away, the upcoming school year summons parents to start scrounging once again for school supplies. The most valuable school supply of all, however, and one that doesn’t cost a single penny or even require any shopping, is as close as your local library.

During September, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country will celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month, encouraging the public to obtain a free library card that will save them money, while reaping rich rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign up Month. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, technology workshops to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available.

A library card provides free access not only to books, but also to eBooks, CDs, DVD and video games, as well as makerspaces that spur creativity and computers that contain valuable research tools such as databases and archives of magazines and newspapers. For those who do not have computer access at home, a library is essential resource.

In honor of the 2017 Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs, DC’s Teen Titans, you can also share your library superpower. What special talents, skills, and interests have you developed thanks to the library? Share them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LibrarySuperpower. Entries can also be posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.  One randomly selected winner will receive a VISA gift card worth $100.00 USD.

Need a prop? Download these printable PDFs: My Library Superpower Speech Bubble (PDF) | My Library Superpower Starburst (PDF)  Promotion begins Friday, September 1 at 11 a.m. MDT and ends Thursday, September 22 at 11 a.m. MDT.

Librarians and the general public are encouraged to participate. Join in the fun and tell the world about your #LibrarySuperpower.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for September

The September 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Helping Texas Libraries Respond to Hurricane Harvey

From the Texas Library Association

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Library Association and Texas State Library and Archives Commission are working together to coordinate a response to damage caused to libraries and archives across the Houston and gulf coast region. We share a deep concern for the condition of facilities and collections, and for the wellbeing of staffs of libraries and archives in the area. We are also very appreciative of the many offers of help that are coming in from across the state and nation.

Learn more about the situation in Texas and how to help.

The American Library Association is encouraging librarians to assist their colleagues in Texas with recovery efforts by by donating online to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund purchasing the TLA Coloring Book benefiting the Disaster Relief Fund. The ALA offers a list of resources for dealing with natural disasters at Libraries Respond.

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

On the trail on the Camino de Santiago

Thousands of travelers, from Medieval pilgrims to modern-day seekers, have walked the Camino de Santiago. On Thursday, August 31, Natrona County Library is hosting two who made the journey — former library director Bill Nelson and his wife Beth — for a special program where they’ll share their amazing experience. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Crawford Room.

The Camino is a historical path leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. It is believed that the bo