Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

Wyoming’s Bookmobiles a Valuable Service

It’s always a welcome sight when the Laramie County Library System pulls up to your stop.

It’s National Bookmobile Day, so we’d like to give kudos to Wyoming’s two bookmobiles that roll the roads to bring library services to tiny communities, schools, assisted living facilities, day cares, and more. In State FY16, Natrona County Public Library’s bookmobile circulated 21,975 items and Laramie County Library System’s circulated 13,235.

The Natrona County Public Library bookmobile, ready to roll.

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 12, 2017) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. Wyoming’s two bookmobiles are among more than 650 nationwide (per Institute of Museum and Library Services FY14 data) that expand library services beyond building walls.

Enjoying a children’s book on the Natrona County Public Library’s bookmobile.

Bookmobiles give far-flung patrons a chance to browse the shelves for a great read, with assistance from the stellar library employees who work in Wyoming libraries.

Laramie County’s bookmobile shelves have quite a selection so patrons can find that next great read.

National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobile fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

The event is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Happy National Library Workers Day!

The best part about working in a library is the people you work with! The staff here at the Wyoming State Library would like to wish all those working in Wyoming libraries a happy National Library Workers Day. NLWD is a day where library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

If you haven’t already, check out Wyoming’s stars and nominate a deserving library worker. Also check out the Wyoming Snapshot Day photos from October—among the smiling patrons, you’ll find plenty of pictures of the people who serve them.

Wyoming’s public libraries alone employed 648 people in FY16, and the Wyoming Libraries Directory lists nearly 500 more in the state’s academic, school, and special libraries. There are more—the directory doesn’t list everyone. Today’s a great day to give a shout-out to every one of them.


Grant Opportunities

TEI Landmark Audio’s 25th Year Children’s Literacy and Programming Grant
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
TEI Landmark Audio will award 25 grants of $1,000 each to support literacy for young people. All libraries are invited to participate in this grant opportunity, as long as they are public or non-profit community-based organization. The funds must be used for children’s programming/children’s literacy programming.

Round Five of the American Dream Literacy Initiative
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
The American Library Association is offering grants to expand services to adult English language learners. Applicant institution must be a public library serving adult English language learners and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. There are two categories of funding — one-time $5,000 seed grants for libraries in rural and other small communities to develop their collections and services for immigrants and one-time $10,000 grants for libraries with the experience and capacity to expand existing programs, add services and foster community partnerships.

Walmart Community Grant Program
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2016
WalMart Foundation awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 through every local facilities. There are four core areas that your proposed use of the grant should fit into: Hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and opportunity. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within one of these areas of giving. However, programs that do not align with these areas may also be given consideration. Classroom Technology Grants for Teachers
Deadline: Feb. 24,  2017 will award three teachers each with a $1,000 grant to spend on classroom technology to facilitate a more constructive learning environment. Applicants must be employed full-time as a Kindergarten-12th grade teacher at a qualifying elementary school, middle school, or high school in the United States.

Free Online Conference for Teachers from the Library of Congress


Join the Library of Congress for their second annual online conference for educators, Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources, on Oct. 25-26. Sessions will take place from 2-6 p.m. MST each day.

The keynote speaker will be Tonya Bolden, an award-winning author of more than 20 books for young people. Her most recent work, How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Viking), chronicles the history behind the development and the building of the latest museum on the National Mall.

Over the course of two days, there will be 15 one-hour sessions facilitated by library specialists, instructional experts from the library’s Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, and other recognized K-12 leaders. Highlights include:

  • Wide range of topics from visual literacy and historical thinking to historic newspapers and the history of the Library of Congress;
  • Focus on finding and using primary sources;
  • Certificates for participating in sessions will be available.

Additionally, each session will be recorded and, for a limited time, certificates will also be available to those who view the recordings.

Learn more and register.

Library Use on Wyoming Snapshot Day 2016

Sublette County Library - Pinedale

Sublette County Library – Pinedale

Libraries make a different in their communities every day — which is why we celebrated Snapshot Day on Tuesday. We’ve compiled a few numbers to put libraries’ value to Wyoming’s residents into perspective. On Snapshot Day, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, Wyoming’s public and community college libraries:

  • Circulated 12,950 items, including 4,903 children’s items and 661 electronic materials
  • Issued 92 new library cards
  • Added 685 items to their catalogs
  • Had over 3.7 million items available to Wyoming’s residents in their collections

WYLDCAT, Wyoming’s online catalog, had over 2,900 searches

Multiple resources are available to every Wyoming resident through the databases. Here is a sampling of how much they were used on just one day on Snapshot Day:

  • Britannica Online – 625 sessions
  • EBSCO – 483 sessions, 5,390 searches, 556 articles retrieved
  • GALE – 1,326 searches

From data collected annually by the Wyoming State Library, we estimate that on Tuesday, Oct. 11, there were:

  • 38,524 visits to public, academic and school libraries
  • 2,334 people using a public library computer
  • 1,277 reference questions answered in public libraries
  • 1,174 children and teens who attended programs at their public libraries
  • 49 meeting room uses
  • 472 wireless internet sessions

People News

Sara Marcus

Sara Marcus

After 11 years of service at the Riverton Branch Library, Sara Marcus, Library Assistant, has resigned. She is the new systems administrator at Job Corps in Riverton. According to Branch Manager, Gloria Brodle, Sara was the “go to” person for all things connected with technology. She played a large role in helping to bring gaming into the library. She helped present the program “Beyond Gaming Tournaments” at MPLA and PLA conferences. She attended numerous WYLD Network meetings in the past and had an extensive knowledge of Director’s Station and statistics gathering. Her knowledge and team spirit will be missed!

Blake Hill

Blake Hill

Blake Hill is the new Teen Librarian at Converse County Library in Douglas. He recently received his MLIS from Denver University. He’s excited about getting a TAG (Teen Advisory Group) going and about the book club he plans on starting in November. “Then there’s after hours gaming,” he said, “plus I plan on organizing a video game tournament every other month. I look forward to making the young adult section a safe, fun and educational environment for Douglas teens.”



Buchholz Celebrates 40 years at the Park County Public Library

Marge Buchholz

Marge Buchholz

When Marjorie (Marge) Helgesen was hired as an assistant in the children’s department of the Park County Public Library in Cody in 1976, she had no idea she would continue to serve the people of Cody and Park County for 40 years. She’s now Marge Buchholz, and her years of service are being celebrated with a public reception in the Biblio Bistro of the Park County Public Library in Cody from 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday, September 27.

She was promoted to circulation manager in 1978, then became manager of the Cody library in 2005. She’s seen many changes in her years with the library with the arrival of automation and other technologies. Vinyl records were replaced by audio cassettes, CDs, video tapes, DVDs, and most recently by downloadable audiobooks and e-books for patrons to enjoy on a computer or mobile device. One of the big changes Marge experienced came when she was involved in the project to create a new library for Cody in the former Marathon Oil Company building.

Often found at the main circulation desk to remain in touch with the community, Marge also reviews and orders many of the books and other materials added to the collection of the library. Assisted by the very generous Friends of the Cody Library, Marge has built an enviable collection of educational and informational CDs and DVDs that are well used by library patrons.

Marge said her work experience at the Cody library “is the most wonderful, relevant, interesting, happiest job experience I have had in my life.”