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Laramie County Library Plans for Certified Wildlife Habitat

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, has announced that Laramie County Library System has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat through NWF’s Garden for Wildlife Program. In addition, Laramie County Library’s habitat has been co-certified with NWF’s state affiliate, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. The plan is to convert an […]

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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 — […]

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Makerspaces and Libraries: READY, FIRE, AIM

By Doug Johnson Blue Skunk Blog At a recent meeting, a school library professor expressed her concern to me about the profession’s enthusiasm for putting makerspaces into school libraries. While she personally saw the value of the kinds of learning opportunities makerspaces are supposed to offer, she asked: It’s a good question and one all […]

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Mark Your Calendar for the Legislative Reception

Pencil it in now, and make plans to attend: the 2018 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on February 22, 2018 at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. Library directors, employees, trustees, and volunteers are encouraged to be there. It’s a great opportunity to thank your Wyoming […]

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Teen Literacies Toolkit from YALSA

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has made a Teen Literacies Toolkit available as an online PDF. In this toolkit, they use the “fake news” phenomenon as an approach to addressing multiple literacies. The kit re-examines and discusses culturally-inclusive literacies strategies library staff can use with teens to help them make sense of their world and […]

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Literacy Begins at Teton County’s Family Place

Submitted by Valerie Maginnis Teton County Library Director Literacy begins at birth in Teton County, Wyoming.  Thanks to generous funding from the Teton County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, Teton County Library is the first Family Place Library in Wyoming. The Family Place Library provides an opportunity to expand the library’s traditional […]

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Working in a Wyoming Prison Library

WSL Librarians Thomas Ivie and Brian Greene recently visited the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. The prison regularly goes through accreditation through the American Correctional Association, and as part of the accreditation, they need access to a credentialed librarian holding an MLS or equivalent degree. Thomas Ivie serves in this capacity for the state correctional […]

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Grant Opportunities

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants DEADLINE: March 31, 2018 The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, offers mini-grants to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in PreK-12 education. Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs such as Head […]

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Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 13

Free, online, continuing education events for this week from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

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Promoting Healthy Communities Initiative Launched

From the American Library Association Access to current and reliable health information is imperative for the well-being of all Americans, and public libraries are frequently a go-to resource as people navigate complex issues of health care, insurance, aging and more. A new nationwide initiative from the Public Library Association (PLA) and National Network of Libraries […]

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