Monthly Archives: October 2012

Campbell County Library Foundation Co-hosts Wine Festival

One Book, One Community 2012 sponsored by Campbell County Public Library System (CCPLS) is coming to a close. The Wine Festival & Character Auction, co-hosted by The Library Foundation and Pearls of the Prairie, is the final event and is Friday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at the Clarion Inn. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the libraries in Gillette and Wright or by contacting City Hall.

The county-wide book club began in August when CCPLS began to pass out read-it-forward copies of “The Dark Horse” by Wyoming author Craig Johnson. Since then, 300 books have been distributed across Campbell County, 150 people attended the One Book kickoff featuring Craig Johnson, and hosts of county residents have attended formal and informal discussions of “The Dark Horse.”

“It’s been fun to see the excitement generated by Craig Johnson and his stories,” said CCPLS Director Patty Myers. “Craig has become a Wyoming celebrity with the publishing of his eighth Longmire mystery and the advent of the A&E television series “Longmire.” The most refreshing thing about Craig becoming such a celebrity is that he continues to be just a great guy. He still charges Wyoming libraries a mere six-pack of Rainier beer to come and speak. How cool is that?”

The final One Book event especially shows the generosity of this Wyoming author. The Wine Festival will feature its usual array of wines to sample and silent auction items to bid on but a live auction will be added to the mix that will end with a Character Auction hosted by Craig Johnson. Johnson will auction off a name in a future Longmire mystery with the proceeds benefitting The Library Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund. Highest bid chooses a character name. The bonus is that the amount the character name is auctioned for will be doubled as part of the Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge through the state legislature!

“If you win, will you live or die? Will you be a hero or a thug? Craig tells us that when he’s been a part of character auctions in the past, the winner usually chooses to be a thug. He guesses it’s the one opportunity to be a bad guy and not get in trouble for it!” says Myers.

Proceeds for the Wine Festival will also benefit local artists, art programs and scholarships through the local non-profit organization Pearls of the Prairie. Pearls was formed with a vision in mind: recognize local artists and patrons of the arts for their work in the Powder River Basin. Pearls of the Prairie annually nominates individuals and groups for the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award and presents nominees with a local award.

Support your libraries and local artists by attending The Wine Festival & Character Auction. For more information and to purchase tickets contact your libraries in Gillette (682-3223) or Wright (464-0500) or City Hall (686-5203).

Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day 2012

On Tuesday, October 16th Wyoming Libraries took place in Snapshot Day. Libraries from all over the state sent in pictures of activities and people in and around Wyoming Libraries.

Snapshot Day: Wyoming libraries make a big impact every single day
More than 60 libraries participated in the third Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day on Oct. 16, contributing 600 photos and numerous comments showing the importance of libraries in their communities.

First Lady visits Dubois Library to promote GE Mammovan

First Lady Carol Mead was at the Dubois Library on Oct. 10 to provide a “Books and Brownies” program for local children as part of the “Mammovan” project.

GE has partnered with Wyoming Women First to provide access to breast cancer screenings with a solution called the Mammovan, the mobile mammography unit that is bringing screenings to towns across Wyoming. According to WY Women First, limited access to clinics offering these screenings has resulted in Wyoming’s low, national ranking for women who receive this crucial preventative measure.

As part of this program, libraries are sponsoring a “Books and Brownies” program that will be available for children who are with their mothers or caretakers. This program is sponsored by  Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead, Wyoming Libraries & The University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic

“Talking Points” from IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 23,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, they help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

They provide a nice publication, called “Talking Points” that provides timely information about libraries. Go to this link to learn more. 

To learn more about IMLS, please visit

Don’t panic! It Wasn’t the Zombie Apocalypse

Sweetwater County residents witnessed hordes of the undead groaning and stumbling their way through downtown Green River last weekend. Don’t fear, brains weren’t on the menu. It was just for fun and to benefit a good cause.

The Sweetwater County Library hosted the fifth annual Zombie Walk and Zombie Prom food drive on October 6. “We all know that zombies are dying to eat braaaiiinnnssss so that is why we wanted to make the zombie event into a food drive for the local food bank,” said Ellie Davis, Youth Librarian at the Sweetwater County Library. “One item of nonperishable food gave zombie enthusiasts admittance to the walk and prom. And besides, who could pass up the opportunity to dress up as a zombie and be part of a worthy cause?”

Powell Library receives McMurry Grant

The Powell Branch Library has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the McMurry Library Endowment Fund held by the Wyoming Community Foundation. The grant will be used for Every Child Ready to Read, a parent education initiative to foster the development of early literacy skills in pre-school children.

The Wyoming Community Foundation is a statewide organization. They have awarded almost $24 million in grants to non-profit organizations since their inception twenty years ago. Its mission is to connect people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming.

The Powell Children’s Department is enthusiastic about this terrific opportunity. This grant will enable the libraries in Park County to offer early literacy training to parents and adults who work with young children.