Monthly Archives: May 2012

Al and Ann Simpson ‘After Hours’ at the Greybull Library

To celebrate National Library Week in April, the Greybull Library hosted an “After Hours” event with Senator Alan and Ann Schroll Simpson.  Ann’s Aunt, Ivy Maxon, was a Greybull Librarian and longtime supporter of the library in the 1950s and 1960s. The evening began at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, wine and conversation, followed by an interview that focused on Ann’s early years growing up in Greybull.  Those in attendance also had the opportunity to view a power point presentation on the history of the Greybull Library that assistant librarian, Pat Miller, produced especially for this event.

Betty Koller, branch librarian at Greybull, is noted for her “After Hours” events and this was no exception!  The 75 guests in attendance were thoroughly entertained by the Simpsons
as they reminisced about how they met and their political life in the Capital.  Besides giving a substantial donation to the foundation, Senator Simpson offered to give autographed copies of the book “Shooting from the Lip, The Life of Senator Al Simpson” by Donald Loren Hardy, to anyone who would make a generous donation to the Big Horn County Library Foundation.  This event was advertised as a fund raiser for the Foundation Endowment Fund, 3:1 match.  $2500.00 was generated that night, but the Foundation also received contributions from sources developed during the evening that resulted in a total of $6600.00.  It was a great event for the Library and the Foundation!

Photos above: Mary Flitner, the Big Horn County Library Foundation secretary with Senator Al and Ann Simpson. 


2012 Wyoming Book for National Book Festival

Pinedale author Cat Urbigkit’s The Guardian Team has been selected as the Wyoming book for this year’s National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22 & 23 in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall.

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.

The Wyoming State Library will participate in the Pavilion of the States, which represents reading- and library promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference

Dear Colleagues,
The Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference Planning Team is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2012 conference in Raleigh, NC, and the availability of a preliminary conference schedule!  Both items can be found on our website on the following page:

Also on that page you will find instructions as to joining the association (which will save $55 off the cost of full-conference registration for non-students), and instructions that will help you navigate our online store when purchasing your conference registration.  You may pay online, or select the billing option.

We hope you’ll peruse the preliminary schedule to see all of the exciting speakers and sessions we have planned, and stay tuned as more details are finalized.  As always, if you have any questions about the conference, please contact us at

Looking forward to seeing you all in Raleigh!

Tena Hanson
ARSL Board Member and Membership Development Committee Chair

Director of Library Services
Estherville Public Library
613 Central Ave.
Estherville, IA  51334

Board Member, Association for Rural & Small Libraries (Chair, Membership Development)
Executive Board Member, Iowa Library Association

2011 Letters about Literature Winners

Top honors have gone to three Wyoming students in the 2011 Letters About Literature Contest. Letters About Literature encourages students to read, be inspired and write back to their favorite authors.

The Wyoming Center for the Book awarded Heritage Christian Academy (Big Piney) student Sarah Shafer first place in Level III (grades 9-12). Bailey Guernsey from Sage Valley Jr. High School in Gillette placed first in Level II (grades 7-8). Grace Nightingale from the Sixth Grade Academy at the Laramie Jr. High School placed first in Level I (grades 4-6).

Approximately 70,000 young readers across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature competition, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target Stores.

All three first place winners advanced to national competition and will receive a $100 Amazon gift card from the Wyoming Center for the Book and a $50 Target gift card. Second place winners received a $50 Amazon gift card and third place winners received $25. (List of winners below.)

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored in partnership with Target Stores. For more information about Letters About Literature or other Wyoming Center for the Book activities, contact Tina Lyles, Coordinator, at 307-777-6338,, or visit

 Letters About Literature 2011 Wyoming winners

LEVEL I (grades 4-6)

First Place:  Grace Nightingale, 6th grade Laramie Jr. High School, Laramie.

Second Place: Amy Lou Gabriel, 6th grade, Laramie Jr. High School, Laramie.

Third Place: Lexi Pulley, 6th grade, Laramie Jr. High School, Laramie.

LEVEL II (grades 7-8)

First Place: Bailey Guernsey, 8th grade, Sage Valley Jr. High School, Gillette.

Second Place: Elisha M. Smith, 7th grade, Cody Middle School, Cody.

Third Place: Jane Thurow, 8th grade, Laramie Jr. High School, Laramie.

LEVEL III (grades 9-12)

First Place: Sarah Shafer, 10th grade, Heritage Christian Academy, Big Piney.

Second Place: Brookley Norris, 12th grade, Worland High School, Worland.

Third Place: Brittany Andreasen, 12th grade, Pinedale High School, Pidedale.