Monthly Archives: February 2013

First Lady to Read at Riverton Library Story Time

DSC_0223First Lady Carol Mead is continuing to travel Wyoming promoting literacy. Her next event is Friday, March 8th from 3:15 to 4:00 where she will read to children during a special Story Time at the Riverton Library.

“I am looking forward to being in Fremont County – meeting children and enjoying a few good books,” said Mrs. Mead. “I am excited for this opportunity because it is a chance to get together with others and share a love of reading.” Since becoming First Lady, Mrs. Mead has enjoyed reading to children throughout the state at schools and local libraries. She also encourages parents and children to spend at least 20 minutes a day reading together at home and is working with the University of Wyoming to establish a statewide literacy research center and clinic.  These activities are part of her children’s issues initiative, which includes promoting literacy, the arts, and healthy lifestyles among Wyoming’s kids.

All children are welcome to join the First Lady during the March 8th Story Time from 3:15 to 4:00 pm at the Riverton Library.


IMLS Director: How libraries Help Grow a Strong Middle Class

Growing a Strong Middle Class

By Susan H. Hildreth
Director, IMLS

The President’s State of the Union address focused on growing a strong middle class and it struck me, once again, how U.S. libraries and museums are part of the solution, whether the issue is

  • providing an onramp to high-tech manufacturing jobs,
  • reimagining learning spaces to prepare teens for work,
  • meeting the needs of the youngest learners with rich learning environments that stimulate brain development,
  • providing a pathway to citizenship with English language learning and civics education for new immigrants, or
  • doing the hard work of community revitalization and providing opportunities for families (including dads!) to learn and have fun together

IMLS is providing funding and leadership to help libraries and museums make a difference in their communities. Here are some recent examples:

Museums and libraries are exploring how they can be part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds. For example, a grant to the Chicago Public Library will make it possible for it to partner with Museum of Science and Industry and the STEM & Entrepreneurship Exchange. Together they create a place where mentor-led learning will introduce adults, families, teens, and children to technology and equipment that is creating new forms of personal manufacturing and business opportunities.

Reimagining Learning Space for Teens
Together with the MacArthur Foundation, IMLS is supporting the development of “learning labs” in libraries and museums. These spaces are designed to provide young people with a learning approach designed for our times – relevant to the digital age. The learning lab programs are designed to build the intellectual curiosity and the peer and mentor networks young people need to succeed.

Early Learning
Together with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, IMLS is making the case for the critical role of libraries and museums in fueling love of learning and inspiring school success from a child’s earliest days. A new report, due in the spring, will describe how parents and caregivers can give children a stronger start by taking advantage of library and museum resources, experiences and programs.

An emerging partnership between IMLS and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services will help libraries to meet the needs of immigrants and refugees. An example is an IMLS-supported project at the Hartford Public Library, which is partnering with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Resettlement Services, the City of Hartford’s Office of Human Relations, Everyday Democracy, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work to promote immigrant civic engagement.

Community Revitalization
IMLS support is helping the American Library Association (ALA) to develop a new initiative to improve community engagement and innovation in the library sector. The project will develop a new training curriculum to help library leaders serve as conveners and facilitators in their communities. More than 350 librarians will take part in a range of professional development activities planned during the grant period.

And this past August, IMLS entered into a cooperative agreement with Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) to systematically review lessons learned from the growing number of comprehensive community development initiatives that involve libraries or museums.

Museums and libraries are trusted institutions that are continually taking leadership in their communities to tackle tough problems and deliver great results. Let us know how libraries and museums in your community are making a difference.

Posted on February 20, 2013 by mheintz on the IMLS Blog, UpNext.

Worland High School English Project Helps School Library

stephanie anderson and Honors English I

Over Christmas break, the 20 freshman students in Stephanie Anderson’s Honors English I class at Worland High School undertook a project for the Oneota Reading Journal. According to their website, “The Oneota Reading Journal is an electronic, refereed journal, published annually via the worldwide web. The purpose of the Oneota Reading Journal is to provide readers with book reviews of professional resources, children’s literature, young adult literature, and articles about books and the teaching of reading.”

Mrs. Anderson’s Honors class volunteered to read, think, and write critically about 55 novels. According to Mrs. Anderson, “One challenge for me as a teacher is to develop exercises in which my students write ‘authentic’ pieces for an audience beyond me. This opportunity, orchestrated by Mr. James Mims, was a new experience for my students. They were allowed to analyze young adult literature for their peers. Once their reviews go through the review process, they may even see their pieces in print.” According to Mr. Mims, “Teachers in training at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, may well be taking advice from the Honors class.”

One of the perks of this project was that once the students had finished reading and writing about the YA novels, they were donated to the Worland High School library. According to Mrs. Overcast, WHS librarian, “We are thrilled that Stephanie Anderson undertook this project and that not only do the students benefit from this, but our high school library has greatly profited as well! We figure with today’s book costs that we were given 55 books at around $20-$25 apiece which amounts to $1375.00 worth of awesome YA books! The other cool thing is that the students are doing a real life assignment and hopefully the kids will contemplate a career as a writer, editor or critical reviewer. Wouldn’t that be phenomenal?”

Names of students from picture:
Front row L to R: Hannah Vigil, Jalynn McClure, Riley Harman, Carmen Elliot, Jewel Haynes, Narisse Trippel, Taylor Warner, Glen Anderson, Emily Keller. Back row L to R: Mary Linneman, Saydria Russell, Bryanna Michelson, Kayla Anderson, Braedon Page, Callie Klinghagen, and Alex Mulhall. Not pictured: Josh Hart & Erin Taylor

Teton County Library’s “Filament Mind”

Jackson, WY- Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to celebrate Teton County Library’s Grand Opening, enjoying a complimentary chili lunch, library tours, live music and an official ribbon cutting.

During the ribbon cutting, eyes kept flitting up to the ceiling as many eagerly awaited the illumination of “Filament Mind,” suspended threads of gossamer fiber optic cables attached to labels on the lobby walls. The one thousand labels represent the entire Dewey Decimal system. Anytime a library user searches a library catalog, anywhere in Wyoming, the art project illuminates a bundle of cables showing what topics are being queried.

Filament 1

Filament Mind

By Brian W. Brush, Yong Ju Lee, and Noa Younse

Filament Mind is Teton County Library’s public art piece, privately supported by the Teton County Library Foundation and donations from the Sage Foundation and the Teton County Library Friends. It is a filament 3data-driven installation that visualizes the collective curiosities and questions of Wyoming Library patrons.  Whenever any Wyoming public library visitor anywhere in the state performs a search of the library catalog from a computer Filament Mind illuminates that search in a flash of color and light through glowing bundles of fiber optic cables.

filament 2Each of the 1000 fiber optic cables hanging above (totaling over 5 miles of cable) corresponds to a call number in Dewey Decimal System which organizes the library’s collection into approximately 1000 categories of knowledge. These category titles are displayed in text on the lobby’s south and north walls.