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Forget Snow — Think Summer Reading!

Might be hard to believe when the snow is falling and the Wyoming highways are closed in late May, but summer reading is almost here! We loved this great promotional video from the Livonia Public Library where the kids tell us how they will “Build a Better World.”

Stop by your local public library to sign up and make your commitment to read something new during the warmer months. It’s not just for kids — many Wyoming public libraries have adult summer reading. Also, library staff might want to take a look at our Summer Reading 2017 LibGuide for resources and ideas.


Teen Read Week 2017: Unleash Your Story

Hanging out at the Washakie County Library on Snapshot Day during Teen Read Week 2016.

From the American Library Association

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2017 Teen Read Week (TRW) website.

YALSA encourages libraries to connect with teens around the theme “Unleash Your Story” during Teen Read Week™, October 8–14, 2017. The free Teen Read Week site offers full access to a variety of resources for help planning Teen Read Week activities, including:

  • Forums: Discuss and share TRW-related resources and experiences;
  • Grants: Teen Read Week Activity Grant and Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway;
  • Planning and publicity tools.

Join the site to access more resources, such as themed logos and webinars. YALSA also offers TRW promotional materials for sale.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Held annually in October, TRW’s purpose is to encourage all teens to be regular readers and library users. Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #TRW17. Teen Read Week is supported in part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Wyoming Book Reviews

Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers
Edited by Lori Howe
Jackson, WY: Sastrugi Press, 2016

In the introduction to Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone, Lori Howe describes Wyoming as “…a place of luminous beauty, fearless nature, and perhaps a bit of magic.” The anthology’s poems, essays, and stories — many of which were written by contributors who live or have spent significant time in Wyoming — address what it means to live in a place that looks, feels, and sounds as though it could be the setting of a John Prine song. Whether examining the natural world or approaching abstraction, the work within Blood, Water, Wind and Stone offers readers numerous ways to enter and engage with the writing. As anthologies lend themselves to reading around (no need to follow a linear progression), readers will enjoy being able to return to the writing as they please: a poem or two here, an essay there, a story to round out the evening. Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone is recommended for anyone interested in contemporary writing about, or influenced by, Wyoming.

Shannon Tharp, Collection Development Librarian
University of Wyoming Libraries

An Obvious Fact
By Craig Johnson
New York: Viking, [2016]

An Obvious Fact, the twelfth novel in the Longmire series, kicks off at the start of the Sturgis motorcycle rally with Walt and Vic investigating a motorcycle accident.  That is the tip of the iceberg and there is no lack of action. Admittedly my Longmire knowledge is based on the Netflix series rather than the books, but it was easy to follow characters and backstories and pick through the differences. While familiarity with prior volumes would be beneficial, the book can easily be read on its own.  There are enough references to past storylines that interested readers will want to start at the beginning, myself included. The book’s appeal isn’t just limited to those who enjoy westerns and mysteries and is an essential purchase for collections, especially when highlighting Wyoming’s best resources (our residents). A new dose of Walt and crew is always a welcome prospect to Longmire fans.

Jennifer Beckstead, Teen Librarian
Natrona County Library 

Chilton Library Perfect for Car Care Month

April is National Car Care Month, and Chilton Library in can help Wyomingites tune up their auto repair knowledge. Let your community know about the great information available with this collection of resources developed especially for libraries to promote Chilton Library, including a poster, social media posts, Facebook images, banner ads, and several blog posts.

A trusted source for over 100 years, Chilton Library provides your patrons with reliable and up-to-date coverage for almost every year, make and model. Its most popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data needed for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button for when a hard copy is needed.

Thanks to statewide licensing, Chilton Library is available to every Wyoming resident, so let your community know. Check out the promotional resources and spread the word!