Monthly Archives: April 2012

Get on the Bus: Federal Documents

Join Karen Kitchens for all things Federal:

  • May 3 – FDSys – U.S. Government Printing Office’s Digital Repository
  • May 10 – Catalog of US Government Publications
  • May 17 – HeinOnline, presented by Kathy Carlson, Wyoming Attorney General’s Office (Former State Law Librarian)
  • May 24 – Proquest Congressional

Registering will reserve you a seat for all four programs, but it’s okay if you cannot make to all sessions

This Webinar is held every week on Thursday, from May 3, 2012 to May 24, 2012 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM MDT

Register Now at

Readers Advisory Interest Group

From Lori Lewis, the readers advisory librarian at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne:

I have started an interest group through the Wyoming Library Association’s interest groups.  I would like to invite you to join  via  This is the beginning stage of this interest group and it would be great to hear what the library community would like to see happen with this group. I am looking to form an online community that we can all use as a resource when providing readers advisory and it would like to have some continuing education seminars as a part of this group.

Come one, come all and join!

To contact Lori, her email is:

Titanic takes over the Ten Sleep Library

The Ten Sleep Branch Library transformed into the great ship “Titanic” for an evening of entertainment on April 13th.

Passengers entered the Titanic while others threw confetti and streamers to wish them well on their voyage.

To commemorate the voyage each participant became an actual passenger complete with a brief history of who they were and where they were going. Separate stations were set up throughout the library for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers. Role playing was encouraged. At the end of the night, it was revealed if they had survived or met their end in the icy cold waters.

To help patrons truly get into character, there was a spitting contest, a trivia contest, a costume contest and even a photographic “King of the World” moment on the bow the of the boat for each passenger. Everyone was emailed their photo!

Historical information and trivia were shared about the sinking and the discovery of the shipwreck. Documentaries played simultaneously on laptops throughout the library as well as the Hollywood movie version.

The Friends of the Library served tea and scones for an authentic flair.

Photo above: Carol Greet (Ten Sleep staff and program coordinator) and Karen Funk (Washakie County Library Director) enter the library on the “gangplank” of the Titanic.

Hert Receives Distinguished Librarianship Award

For her significant contributions to libraries through her knowledge of the American West and, especially, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park, University of Wyoming Associate Librarian Tamsen Leigh Hert was awarded the Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award.

Read here for more information on Tamsen’s award. 

Photo courtesy of the University of Wyoming.

State of America’s Libraries Report 2012

Libraries continue to transform lives, despite the challenges they faced in 2011. Patron demand for ebooks increased just as publishers decided to limit sales to libraries or increase the price dramatically.  Budget cuts continued as the national economy  struggles toward recovery from the Great Recession. The American Library Association continued to play a leading role in the battle for privacy and intellectual freedom. Read the Top Ten List of 2011’s most challenged books.

Read more of the report here. 

Librarians help in judging at History Day

Wyoming’s History Day, sponsored by the American Heritage Center, had a little help from some librarians.

Brian Greene, Natalie Gorecki, Dennis Moser, Susan Simpson, Kelly Visnak, Karen Kitchens and Ellen Whitman were judges at History Day 2012. Several other Wyoming librarians were also judges, but were unavailable at the time of the photo.

Check out their website for more information on History Day.


Cool new commercial to encourage reading

Reading is Fundamental and the Library of Congress have teamed up with the Ad Council to create a great new ad campaign. It brings together people who share a love of reading to help them get books in the hands of kids who need it most. The movement recognizes the incredible effect books can have on a child’s imagination, sparking ambition, overcoming obstacles and inspiring curious minds.

LaVar Burton is even in the video! It’s like a flashback to Reading Rainbow.

Check out the great video! Book People Unite Video

Robin Levin Wins 2012 Teacher Achievement Award

Robin Levin, the School Librarian at Fort Washakie School, was one of ten Wyoming teachers to receive the 2012 Teacher Achievement Award today in Cheyenne. Levin is the first school librarian to receive this honor. For more information on this prestigious award, visit Arch Coal’s website. 

Pictured above: First Lady Carol Mead, Governor Matt Mead, Arch Coal CEO Steven Leer, Robin Levin, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill at the 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Award presentation in Cheyenne.

Robin Levin Wins Arch Coal Teacher Award

Robin Levin is one of only 10 teachers statewide to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. The award will be presented by Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer,  during a ceremony at South High School in Cheyenne Friday  morning. Joining Leer at the ceremony will be Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Wyoming’s Senior United States Senator Mike Enzi, U. S. Representative Cynthia M. Lummis, and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. This is the longest running, privately sponsored statewide teacher recognition program (12th year) in Wyoming.

Read more about Robin and the Arch Coal Award here.