Monthly Archives: August 2012

SWIM Program Graduates

On August 18, 2012, a graduation ceremony was held in Billings, Montana for Masters of Library Science graduates from the University of North Texas and the SWIM program.

Pictured above: Kathy Klouda, Theresa Lucas, Theresa Authier, Holly Parker, Terri Lesley, Johanna Grant, Jessie Pate, Heather Robinson, and Carrie Lucas.

The SWIM program was made possible by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that provided scholarships to students from South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana to earn a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas’s distance education program.

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Awards are open through September 12.

10 librarians each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Recognize the accomplishments of your exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarian.

Go to this website for more information. 

Equality State Book Festival

2012 Equality State Book Festival

Holly Wendt & Laurie Lye, Co-Directors

The Equality State Book Festival organizers are pleased to announce this year’s festival date has been set for Sept. 14th-15th in Casper, Wyoming. This celebration marks the 26th anniversary of the annual Casper College / ARTCORE Literary Conference, which has been called “The Equality State Book Festival” every other year since 2006, this being our fourth venture in that spirit.
For the two-day event, more than 15 authors and illustrators will share their talents, giving readings, leading craft talks, emceeing a poetry slam, visiting local schools, and participating on panels. This year’s group includes poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, illustrators, and publishers.
Among the participants slated are state-wide and regional favorites: Pat Frolander, current Poet Laureate for Wyoming; Zak Pullen, Cat Urbigkit, Kendra Spanjer and Karla Oceanak who will be making school visits; Alyson Hagy and David Romtvedt, faculty from University of Wyoming’s MFA program, who will give readings and lead craft talks; and essayist and poet Linda Hasselstrom. From further regions, we are also joined by Rebecca O’Connor and Renee d’Aoust.
The Wyoming Arts Council will be announcing their annual Creative Writing Fellowship awards which celebrate poetry this year and will be judged by Brian Turner. Our friends at Natrona County Public Library are sponsoring a visit from Luis Carlos Montalvan.
We hope you can join us to appreciate the good company of fellow readers and writers and help celebrate books and the written word Sept. 14-15, 2012 at Casper College and a few other Casper locations, all to be detailed on this website soon.
For more book festival information, please contact Laurie Lye at or 307-268-2639.


Wyoming School Library Survey 2011-12

Results from the Wyoming School Library Survey 2011-12 are now available on the Wyoming State Library’s statistics page at (scroll down to the schools header). Please direct any questions to Susan Mark, WSL statistics librarian, at or 307-777-5915. Susan will also be at Information Power the morning of August 8 to discuss the survey.