Monthly Archives: September 2012

Banned Books Week: 30th Anniversary of Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 marks the celebration. Traditionally, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning.

Win Grants for your Library with this ALA Workshop

How to Win Grants for Your Library A Workshop with Stephanie Gerding

A 90-Minute Event on Wednesday, November 28

2:30pm Eastern | 1:30 Central |12:30 Mountain | 11:30am Pacific

Whether you’re looking to expand your services or compensate for budget cuts, a staff member who can write grants effectively is a tremendous asset to your library. You can be that person! In this workshop Stephanie Gerding will show how to get started, offering pointers and techniques for becoming become an expert grant writer. You’ll learn the basic process of grant work, including where to look for funding sources and what key elements go into a great proposal.

Topics include:
  • The basics of grant work and how to apply them
  • Developing grant projects using community needs and planning
  • Finding library grants and funding sources
  • Writing a proposal funders will love

Stephanie Gerding is an expert trainer, author, and consultant with over 15 years’ experience training library staff and developing training programs through non-profit, government, and library organizations.

Go to this website for more information and registration.

UW Libraries Hosts Exhibit on King James Bible

University of Wyoming Libraries will host the traveling exhibition Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible from October 7-31, 2012 in William Robertson Coe Library.

The King James Bible and its fascinating and complex history remain surprisingly little known. First printed in 1611, the King James Bible became the most influential English translation of the Bible and one of the most widely read books in the world. Even many of those whose lives have been affected by the King James Bible may not realize that less than a century before it was produced, the very idea of the Bible translated into English was considered dangerous and even criminal. This exhibition takes a look at the dramatic history of the King James Bible, what we know about the scholars who translated it, and how it has continued to influence literature, culture, and society for over 400 years — from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech to the words of Handel’s Messiah.

The opening for the exhibit will be on Sunday, October 7 at 4:10 p.m. in W.R. Coe Library, room 506. Dr. Philip Stine, Bible translation scholar, will lecture on the creation and early reception of the King James Bible and he will be available to sign copies of his book, “Four Hundred Years On the Best Seller List.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of lectures, films, and book displays are scheduled throughout the month of October. For further exhibit and program information, call (307) 766-3279 or visit the website for details.

Arch Coal looking for a few great teachers

Last year Robin Levin from Fort Washakie School was the first teacher librarian to receive an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. They are once again looking to honor Wyoming’s outstanding teachers. Keep the momentum going and nominate one of your favorite teacher librarians.


Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award website and nomination form. 

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.

GrantStation offer for libraries

TechSoup and GrantStation are pleased to present a special offer for eligible U.S. public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help you become a successful grant seeker. Connect to thousands of federal and state grants and other funding opportunities with a specially discounted membership to GrantStation.

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Snapshot Day 2012

We’re planning this year’s Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day for Tuesday, Oct. 16 and are asking our libraries to participate.
Snapshot Day gives us great materials for library advocacy and promotion. We’re making it simpler this year — we’re not collecting usage statistics, just your photos, comments and stories. We’ll also gladly use your videos, if you choose to create them.
If you would like to participate, please email me back with your library name and the name of the person(s) who will be the Snapshot Day contact(s) this year.
Please contact me with any questions.

Susan Mark, Statistics Librarian

Wyoming State Library
2800 Central Ave.
Cheyenne WY 82002
800-264-1281 (press 3, then 3)