Yearly Archives: 2013

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” in Cheyenne and Laramie

Muslim Journeys

The Wyoming Humanities Council, together with the Albany County Public Library and the Laramie County Library System, announces a five-part reading and discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” starting in early 2014. The council is one of 125 organizations across the country selected to participate in this project, which focuses on the people, history and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The titles in the reading series are “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi, “House of Stone” by Anthony Shadid, “Dreams of Trespass” by Fatima Mernissi, “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamsie, and “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar. Deborah Amos, international correspondent for National Public Radio, developed the series, which features several memoirs.

Clara Keyt is the discussion leader in Cheyenne. Keyt holds a doctorate in public history from Arizona State University and teaches for the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

In Laramie, Bonnie Zare and Nichol Bondurant are discussion leaders.  Zare is a faculty member in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at the University of Wyoming. Much of her research focuses on India.  Bondurant teaches world literature at Laramie High School.

In addition to the reading series, both libraries will host the following programs in conjunction with Muslim Journeys: Seth Ward, a faculty member in the University of Wyoming Religious Studies program, will present “An Introduction to Islam for the Equality State,” and Anne Marie Lane, from the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking.

All programs are free and open to the public. To register and borrow books, contact the libraries directly.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.

A full schedule of events appears below.

Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.
January 9, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”
January 23, 7 pm: book discussion, “Persepolis”
February 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”
February 12, 6:30 pm: Seth Ward, UW Religious Studies Program, “Introduction to Islam for the Equality State”
February 20, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
February 24, 6:30 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass”

Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438

January 23, 7 pm: Seth Ward, UW Religious Studies Program, “Introduction to Islam for the Equality State”
February 13, 7 pm: book discussion, “Persepolis” (Nichol Bondurant is discussion leader)
March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”
March 27, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”
April 17, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”
April 23, 7 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”
May 8, 7 pm: “Dreams of Trespass”

Department of Labor: Books that Shaped Work in America

From Ben Franklin to Betty Friedan, from “Of Mice and Men” to “The Devil Wears Prada,” U.S. Department of Labor launches Books that Shaped Work in America

Centennial project invites public to compile list of books about work, workers and workplaces and learn about department’s mission and history

WASHINGTON – From Ben Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Improved” to Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World,” nearly 100 titles of fiction, nonfiction, plays and poetry begin the initial roll ofBooks that Shaped Work in America—a Centennial project of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The web-based project,, launched today as part of the department’s ongoing commemoration of its 100th anniversary, aims to engage  the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works.

“The Books that Shaped Work in America initiative explores the dignity of work and our progress in expanding America’s fundamental promise of opportunity for all through the lens of literature,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Think of this effort as an online book club where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces. At the same time, the site provides a unique way for people to learn about the mission and resources of the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Work, like our nation, is constantly evolving, and so Books that Shaped Work in America is no different. To get it started, 24 individuals, including Perez, eight former secretaries of labor from both Democratic and Republican administrations, department staff (including an intern), civil rights leaders, critics, authors, media personalities and staff from the Library of Congress submitted suggestions. Among the contributors: former Secretaries of Labor George P. Shultz and Robert Reich, authors Daniel H. Pink and Joan Acocella, Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith, Liz Claman of Fox Business News, President of the National Urban League Marc Morial and Scott McGee of Turner Classic Movies. Their recommendations are included on the initiative’s website, along with brief summaries of each book and links to related U.S. Department of Labor resources.

Now the public is invited to expand the list. A simple, online form, which can be found at, makes it easy for anyone to suggest a book.

image003 “From a simple tale for children like ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to a scholarly tome like ‘Quality, Productivity and Competitive Position,’ the books on the list demonstrate the rich breadth and depth of work in America,” said Carl Fillichio, the department’s senior adviser for public affairs and chair of its Centennial. “As we continue to mark the Department of Labor’s 100 years of service to workers in our country, this project is a terrific way to educate the public about work, workers and the work of the Labor Department. Watching the list grow, and hearing the discussion broaden, is going to be very exciting.” Read Fillichio’s Get Out Your Work Books blog post.

The project was inspired by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress’ 2012 Books That Shaped America exhibition, which explored the impact of books on American life and culture. Many of the books in that exhibition had work as a central theme, bringing to light the significant role published works have played in shaping America’s view of workers and workplaces throughout its history.

Created in 1913, the mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. To learn more about the department’s history, visit

Riverton Library teens produce catchy “Librarians” tune

Teens at the Riverton Library were encouraged to enter a contest to “write a song.” The kids who won the contest not only wrote their own lyrics, but also produced the song, Librarians.
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The teens who won call themselves “Collect Call” with Sam “Beats” Stagner on vocals, Bekah “The Phresh” Hutchison on vocals, Tommy “Jeans” Amend on keyboard and vocals, and Zach “Attack” Miller on trumpet.

For more information on this project, contact Teri Wiblemo at the Riverton Branch Library, 307-856-3556 Ext. 212 or

Database of the Month, ProQuest Learning: Literature

Are you struggling with Kafka? Want to know more about Catcher in the Rye? Interested in hearing Robert Bly read his poetry? Come check out ProQuest Learning: Literature. A great source for finding authors, criticism, study guides, multimedia and more. It is designed for K-12 students, but most everyone will find it useful.

Here are some of our downloadable promotional handouts that supplement this webinar.

Poe Handout

Be sure to check out the rest of the handouts we offer as well

Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day is Today!


The state’s libraries are hosting Wyoming Snapshot Day today, an event highlighting the importance of libraries to the state. More than 70 libraries are collecting photos, comments and usage numbers to illustrate their impact every day of the year. Participating sites include public, school, special, community college and University of Wyoming libraries.

“Wyomingites love their libraries,” Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library statistics librarian said. “They use them to encourage their kids to read, to find a job, to further their education. Last year, circulation was over 5 million. Wyoming public libraries alone typically have more than three and a half million visits and nearly a million computer uses a year. The typical school librarian sees every student in the building at least once a week.”

Photo is from Albany County Public Library.

Braille and Talking-Book Program Available through Apple

People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.

Read more about the announcement here at the Library of Congress webpage.

And the app itself can be found here; BARD Mobile

Apply Now for the MPLA Leadership Institute!

rockiesMPLA 2014 Leadership Institute

May 4-9, 2014; Estes Park, Colorado

Apply now!

DEADLINE: Friday, November 1, 2013

Where will your library career be in another five years?  If you see yourself as a leader on the job or within your library association, then this institute will help you to hone the necessary set of skills and increase your insight into leadership aspects from any level.

The 9th MPLA Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan.  Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the immediate Past President of the American Library Association.  She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

Criteria for applicants:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation


  • MPLA members = $550; Non-MPLA members = $650
  • Includes lodging (based on double-occupancy) and all meals
  • Attendees pay for their own transportation costs. Individual libraries, state libraries, and state associations have assisted attendees with registration and/or transportation costs in the past. It is up to the individual attendees to pursue these or other sources of financial assistance.

Selection and notification:
30 participants will be selected through a process involving states and the MPLA Leadership Institute Committee.  Notifications will be sent by December 15, 2013.

Application form