Category Archives: WSL News

Ivie on Newspaper Digitization Panel at ALA Midwinter

Thomas Ivie

Thomas Ivie, the Wyoming State Library’s Research and Statistics Librarian, has been selected as a panelist at a session of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver in February. He’ll be on the Newspaper Digitization Panel that will be held from 9:15-10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 9. Also serving on the panel will be Michael Church, Kansas Historical Society; Leigh Jeremias, Colorado State Library; and Sarah Quimby, Minnesota Historical Society.

The event is part of the day-long RUSA Genealogy Institute sponsored by ProQuest that will explore diverse topics in genealogy and genealogy research. These will include highlighting local sources of archival and genealogical information; genealogy research training for non-genealogy librarians; new genealogical and historical databases and resources; new trends in genealogical research — including new technologies; using DNA testing to overcome genealogical roadblocks; and other hot topics in areas of genealogy, history and archives.

Thomas is the WSL’s coordinator for Wyoming Newspapers, a digitized collection of local newspapers dating back to 1849 with more than 340 titles and over 800,000 pages of content. Recently, he put together the content for the Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp digital exhibit.

Holly Jolly Holiday Patents

Another holiday season is upon us! The air is filled with anticipation, merriment, and celebration. To add to your holiday festivities, the Wyoming State Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center has put together some of fun and interesting seasonal patents.

Patents that have a “D” in the patent number are Design Patents. A design patent protects the appearance of item, not the way it functions. The others are Utility Patents, which protect the function or process of the item.

For more information on patents, contact the Wyoming State Library at (307) 777-6333 or

Happy Holidays!

Patent No. USD477546, “Cactus Christmas Tree”

Traditional conifer Christmas tree? Boring! Here’s a Christmas tree sure to be a hit with friends and relatives – the Cactus Christmas tree, filed by Kay Lynn Como in 2002.

Patent No. USD487878, “Snowman Shaped Christmas Tree”

Or, here’s a snowman shaped Christmas tree. This was patented in 2004 by Robert J. and Judith I. Ostermann.

Patent No. 5455750, “Artificial Christmas Tree with Scent, Sound, and Visual Elements”

Get the full experience with this tree patented in 1995 by Lewis W. Davis and Francis A. Rogers. It has scent producing elements, as well as an illuminated tree-top ornament and a tree trunk that plays holiday music.

More Fun Tree Designs…

Patent D578,034 2008 by Tak Yuen Yip (L)

Patent D638,742 2011 by Virginia Beth M. Purcell (R)


 Looking for unique decorations? Check out these Santa Claus figurines: Patent No. D372,207 “Santa Claus Figure in a Tub” and Patent No. D385,588 “Santa in a Barrel Blowing Bubbles,” both patented by Seymour Cohen in 1996 and 1997.

Tired of waiting around by the mistletoe for that special someone? Take the Mistletoe with YOU with Patent No. 4,488, 316 by Ronald J. Mosca in 1983, “Mistletoe Supported Headband.”

Or, with Patent No. D407,189 by Shannon M. Turner in 1999.


Publications on Pearl Harbor at the State Library

On this Pearl Harbor Day, we remember those who were lost on December 7, 1941. Federal documents can be a valuable source for those doing historical research, and the Wyoming State Library’s collection includes many related to the military. We found these books on our shelves on the attack on Pearl Harbor, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath:

Wyoming residents can find Congressional documents related to Pearl Harbor in ProQuest Congressional. Access it at your local library, or from home with your library card and PIN. It’s one of the databases found on our GoWYLD Government Information page. You might also explore our History resources.

Need help finding the information you want in government documents? Ask at your local library, or contact our reference desk here at the WSL at or (307) 777-6333.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp Featured in New Digital Exhibit

The relocation center at Heart Mountain in 1943. At its peak, the internment camp housed more than 10,000 people. Learn more in our online digital exhibit.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. That event, 76 years ago today, marked the United States’ entry into World War II and touched off events that led to tens of thousands of Japanese-American citizens and long-term residents being removed from their homes on the West Coast and shipped to internment camps in the nation’s interior.

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center, located between Powell and Cody, Wyoming, was one of these confinement camps. The site marked its 75th anniversary in 2017. Heart Mountain’s facilities were constructed in the summer of 1942, with the first incarcerees arriving by train on August 12 of that year.

The Wyoming State Library invites you to explore this piece of the state’s history in our new online exhibit, “Heart Mountain Japanese-American Internment Camp.” The exhibit begins with the story of the forced relocation and delves into the life of the camp — farming, education, medical services, and recreation. Of particular note were Japanese-Americans who enlisted or were drafted from the internment camps and fought in the military.

After the war, incarcerees were left to try to rebuild their lives. Many had lost homes, businesses, savings, and more. It was not until the 1990s that survivors received redress payments and an apology from the government.

View the exhibit.

Materials for the exhibit were taken from the Heart Mountain Sentinel in Wyoming Newspapers and from the Estelle Ishigo Photographs digital collection at the American Heritage Center.

Resources for National Miners Day

Some of the many Wyoming State Library resources on mining.

National Miners Day marks the anniversary of the worst mining accident in history on December 6, 1907, in Monogah, West Virginia. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 362 miners. In 2009, Congress proclaimed each December 6 as National Miners Day.

Mining in Wyoming has a long and proud history. The industry significantly shaped our past and continues to greatly impact our future. The Wyoming State Library salutes the men and women past and present who risk their lives each day in this demanding profession.

The Wyoming State Library houses a host of information on the history and economic impact of mining in Wyoming, including Wyoming Mining Accidents 1869-1973. Contact us for more information at 307-777-6333.

Letters About Literature Writing Contest Deadline Nearing

The postmark deadline to enter the Letters About Literature Writing Contest is only a few short weeks away on January 12, 2018. Wyoming students in grades 4-12 can win Amazon gift cards of up to $150 in state competition and advance to national competition. Letters will be judged in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12.

“To enter, read a book that inspires you or gives you a new way to see the world,” said Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, “It can be one you’ve just picked up, or one you’ve read before. Then write a letter to the author – living or dead – to share how the book affected your life.”

Both classroom and individual entries are welcome. A teaching guide is available that provides activities and addresses how the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading, and writing. Ready-to-print posters to promote the contest are available on the Wyoming State Library website at

Letters About Literature is a project of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Questions about Wyoming competition may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915.

Wyoming Reads Book Kits Out the Door

The six selections for Wyoming Reads 2018.

Today the Wyoming State Library shipped out the Wyoming Reads kits to schools and libraries across the state. Over the next couple of months, every first-grade student in Wyoming will have the opportunity to read these six titles and decide which one they want to take home. On May 15, 2018, they’ll get a copy of their own at the Wyoming Reads celebration.

The Wyoming State Library supports Wyoming Reads by placing the book order through the Central Acquisitions program, which gives the organization a significant discount. The WSL also provides helping hands for organizing and shipping the kits.

The WSL’s Robyn Hinds (L) and Angie Wolff counting, sorting, and packing to get the books out.

WSL Closed for Thanksgiving

From the November 30, 1911 Lusk Herald, found in Wyoming Newspapers

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Thursday, November 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 24.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are four populated places named after the holiday’s traditional main course: Turkey Creek CDP, Arizona (405 residents in 2015); Turkey city, Texas (367); Turkey Creek village, Louisiana (357); and Turkey town, North Carolina (280). Although the Equality State isn’t on the list with a turkey-themed town, Wyoming Places lists a Turkey Hollow (valley) in Carbon County, and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names lists three Turkey Creeks in Wyoming, among other locations. See more Thanksgiving Day trivia from the U.S. Census from their Facts for Features.

November 2017 Outrider Now Available

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

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State Library Adopts Paw Patrol Pups

In September, the Uinta County Library held a hugely successful Paw Patrol program, teaming up with the local police and fire departments. Attendees numbered 393 at the main library in Evanston and more than 100 people at each of the two branches. As it turned out, the library had too much of a good thing — they received a double order of the costumes and offered the extras out for sale to other libraries.

The Wyoming State Library snapped those puppies right up so that Marshall, Skye, and Chase (L to R in photo above) can make appearances at libraries around the state. Interested in borrowing the Paw Patrol costumes from the WSL? Contact Robyn Hinds at or (307) 777-7282.