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April 2017 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the April 2017 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Have news you’d like included next month? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Tools to Plan for Choose Privacy Week

From the American Library Association

Choose Privacy Week, coming up May 1-7, 2017, is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

The American Library Association (ALA) has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities and learn what they can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today. Whether your library is considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, the ALA has tools to help.

Tell Your Story: Libraries Make Connections

Libraries are the heart of our communities. Our lives are nurtured by the people, places and resources available to us—our connections. Our communities thrive on the same. The library makes a world of resources available to your community so everyone can thrive—including you.

SirsiDynix has created this “Connections” video to help you tell your library’s story. Use the Connections video at board meetings, for digital signs, on social media, and anywhere else you find useful. Watch or embed it from YouTube, or download it for free in a variety of formats and languages.

Register Now for WLA Youth Services Meeting

The Wyoming Library Association Youth Services Interest Group will hold its 2017 Spring Meeting, “Telling Our Library’s Story,” on May 5, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont County Public Library in Lander. Speakers will be:

  • Kate Lutz, Storyteller: “Catching, Shaping, Growing Stories”
    • Learn the basics of oral storytelling, from developing the tale, to effective telling. Understand the basic stories of any organization. Consider story possibilities beyond the folktale. Explore storytelling tips and techniques. Practice your newly developed skills.
    • This keynote looks across the wide spectrum of storytelling as used by storytellers, speakers, writers, organizations and the community. With an emphasis on practical applications, we explore story structure and engagement techniques. The goal is telling compelling stories, whether traditional tales or personal and professional experiences.
  • Wyoming Storytellers’ Guild
    • Join Michelle King, Cathy Ringler, and other members of Wyoming’s newly-formed Storytellers’ Guild to build on the ideas from the morning workshop and discuss storytelling in Wyoming.

Learn more on the meeting flyer. Register for this event on the WLA website (link on bottom, center panel).

Wyoming Reads Books on Their Way

The kids have made their choices and the books are on their way for the 12th annual Wyoming Reads celebration on May 16, 2017. The Natrona County Public Library has been sending out final book orders this month, thanks to the hard work of Kate Mutch, Jerry Jones, and the rest of the dedicated staff at the NCPL.

Wyoming Reads encourages literacy by providing a book to every first grade student in the state. This year, an expected 7,550 children will participate. Each child gets to pick the one title they’d like to keep from six picture book choices. Sample kits are sent to schools in the months before the event so that students can familiarize themselves with the choices and decide which one they love most.

The most popular book this year was Groovy Joe.  It garnered 30% of the total orders—nearly 1,900 books for that one title! The other selections this year were Mother BruceThe Most Magnificent ThingStrictly No ElephantsHoot and Peep, and Good Night, Baddies.

Learn more about Wyoming Reads.


Nominations Open for WLA Outstanding Library Award

Outstanding libraries = happy patrons!
(Photo from Niobrara County Library.)

Nominate a deserving library now for the Wyoming Library Association (WLA) Outstanding Library Award.

This award was created in 2016, based on numerous past awards that recognized the great work libraries do through technology, special projects, programs, and more. The award is given for a significant special project completed within the last two years. The staff, library board, and the community or people served shall all be involved in the work for which recognition is sought.

To nominate an outstanding Wyoming library, visit the WLA website and click on the banner for “Nominations are Open.” Here you’ll find the requirements and criteria. Follow the instructions for this, or any other award nomination you wish to make. Deadline is May 15.

Questions? Contact Anna Veinbergs at

National Library Week Kicks Off Sunday

“Libraries Transform” is the theme for National Library Week, which kicks off on Sunday, April 9, and runs through April 15. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:

  • Monday, April 10: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2016.
  • Tuesday, April 11: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 12: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
  • Thursday, April 13, has just been designated Take Action for Libraries Day.

Is your library doing something special for National Library Week? Let us know! Give us a shout-out in the comments or on Twitter (@WyoLibraries) or Facebook. You can also email Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at to tell her about it.

Poets On Screen for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and a great way to celebrate is to watch readings by acclaimed poets in

The Literature Online (LION) Poets on Screen collection offers nearly 900 video clips you can watch right on your computer, tablet, or phone—anywhere in Wyoming where you have an Internet connection, you can hear inspiring poetry. Poets on Screen features readings by contemporary poets of both contemporary and classic poems, and provides a unique opportunity to hear and see major authors interpreting their own works and the works of their contemporaries and predecessors.

For example, check out this Robert Bly reading.

Highlights include Jayne Cortez’s performance of “I See Chano Pozo,” Blake Morrison discussing his poem “Pendle Witches,” Jerome Rothenberg reading and discussing 11 of his own poems, including “At Tsukiji Market, Tokyo,” and Fleur Adcock reading from her own verse and from a selection of works by Donne, Marvell, Coleridge, and Edward Thomas.

Many readings are accompanied by introductory passages in which the poet discusses his or her own work or the work of an admired predecessor. Find links to video and audio under the Texts>Browse dropdown. Where available, you’ll also find links when you search for a specific poet or poem.


In addition to the Poets on Screen videos, LION’s audio resources include fully dramatised, unabridged recordings of each of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, and 921 links to poetry readings at The Poetry Archive.

Literature Online offers the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama and prose in English from the 8th century to the present day. It’s one of many great literature resources in

Public Libraries Play Vital Role in Advancing Health Literacy

From the American Library Association

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the Information Policy & Action Center found that public libraries in the U.S. advance equal access to health information in many important ways. Sixty percent of the public libraries surveyed help patrons identify health insurance resources, 58% help patrons locate and evaluate free online health information, and 48% help patrons understand specific health or wellness topics. Some libraries even offer direct access to health programming: 23% of those surveyed offer fitness classes and 18% offer selected health screening services.

PLA encourages its member libraries to participate in National Public Health Week by posting their health-related success stories and program examples on social media using the hashtag #HealthyCommunities. If you are interested in doing more health-related programming, check out the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. PLA was one of several organizations, along with the Institute of Medicine and the Red Cross – that contributed to this resource, which highlights actions that diverse organizations and professionals, including librarians, can take to improve health literacy. Also be sure to check out the three-part article series Health Happens in Libraries, which was featured last year in Public Libraries magazine.

Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang and Dr. Carla Hayden

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang. Photo by Albert Law:

From the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress invites you to join in a virtual program on April 10 that brings together National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang and the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.

Reading Without Walls” will be an informal conversation between Mr. Yang and Dr. Hayden about their own personal histories as readers and the role that reading can play in breaking down barriers. They will also discuss Gene Luen Yang’s new Reading Without Walls program, which encourages students to read books that they wouldn’t typically choose on their own.

“Reading Without Walls” will take place on Monday, April 10 at 8 AM MDT, and will be streamed live at