Monthly Archives: March 2016

Wyoming Libraries Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

One of the Riverton Branch Library Teen Scene activities for National Poetry Month.
One of the Riverton Branch Library Teen Scene activities for National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month kicks off tomorrow, and Wyoming’s libraries are ready. The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms, increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media, encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and encourage support for poets and poetry.

We asked Wyoming libraries what they were doing to celebrate and were overwhelmed with all the ways they were encouraging people in their communities to read, experience, create, and share poetry. Here is a sampling — check with your local library for a full list of events.

Riverton Branch Library has created a Poetry Creation Station for teens to cut and paste their way to poetic genius.

Shoshoni is having its 4th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering on April 21 at 4 pm at the Shoshoni Community Room, 104 E 2nd St. The gathering will include Rick Pitt, Jean Haugen, Hub Whitt, Ron Bailey, Rodger Weitzel, John Brower, Garland Kennington, and Karl Brauneis and Band.

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One of Ten Sleep Library’s magnetic poetry stations.

The Ten Sleep Library has eleven magnetic poetry locations set up around the library.  Using a wide variety of kits, patrons can create magnetic poems with zombie, pirate, nature lover, book lover, haiku, kid genius, children’s phrases, and even large print themes.

Laramie County Library is hosting “Radical Readings from Here and There” at 7 p.m. on April 7. It’s an evening of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the University of Wyoming’s Masters of Fine Arts students, paired with open-mic offerings from Cheyenne’s creative writers. The event is presented in partnership with the University of Wyoming, and facilitated by MFA candidate Maria Anderson.

At Sweetwater County Library in Green River, kids are invited to create poetry out of LEGOs, pick up a poem and check out a display with their favorite poetry books.

apple-pie-80102_640At Glenrock Branch Library, children’s librarian Rita Heath has put together a “Poetry and Pie” night at 6 p.m. on April 14. The idea was suggested by a patrons: attendees will be asked to bring their favorite poetry and a pie for everybody.

At the Rawlins Library, teens are invited to create a magnetic poetry masterpiece in the teen room and post a picture of it to the library’s Facebook or Twitter to be entered to win prizes. There will also be a Poems for My Peeps display: some of the library staff’s favorite poetry with Library Peeps showing their interest in the genre.

Sinclair Library will have Book Spine Poetry on April 5, Roll the Dice Poetry on April 12, Concrete Poetry on April 19, and Newspaper Blackout Poetry on April 26. For Roll the Dice Poetry, participants roll the dice once to determine how many lines will be in their poem, then roll again for each line to determine how many words will be in the line.

PoemInPocket_PDF_LinkImagePowell Branch Library will celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, with poems available in the children’s department to stuff into your favorite pair of jeans. The library will also host a Poetry Tea on April 26 at 3:30 with refreshments and poetry readings — patrons can bring their own, their favorites, or choose from what the library has on hand.

The Baggs Library is holding an evening of poetry, “Poetry Then and Now,” on April 15 from 6-7 p.m. A local poet will appear, and there will be time for people of all ages to recite poetry. They hope to have some of the older patrons talk about what it was like memorizing poetry in the schools when they were children.

Poetry WalkTeton County Library will host “Start With the Little Things,” readings by local poets, on April 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ordway Auditorium. Patrons can enjoy the Library Poetry Walk by following footprints around the library to discover poems for all ages and can leave their own poems on the Community Poetry Wall near the gallery.

LaBarge Branch Library is keeping the rules simple for post-it poetry.
LaBarge Branch Library is keeping the rules simple for post-it poetry.

LaBarge Branch Library is doing Post-It Poetry. The rules are simple: grab a post-it, write a (preferably short) poem, and stick the finished poem on the display case.

“Poetry is a beautiful thing,” says Anna Veinbergs, circulation services manager at Campbell County Public Library. “Whether it’s classic English poems from the 19th century, children’s poems, or free verse — it all has a place, and deserves to be celebrated.” The library is celebrating it all month with a Poetry Display featuring poetry — by local and non-local authors, books, poems, and a bucket of “take-one” poems. Veinbergs said they set up the bucket a little early, and patrons emptied the first batch in one day! On April 14, there will be a poetry reading by Shannon Tharp, a Gillette Native: at 7 p.m. Tharp is the author of The Cost of Walking, Vertigo in Spring, and numerous chapbooks. With Sommer Browning she is the co-editor of Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship, forthcoming in late 2016. She lives in Laramie where she works as a librarian at the University of Wyoming. The next night, CCPL teamed up with a local coffee shop for an open mic reading, Poetry & Music @ Brothers Coffee, 300 S. Gillette Avenue, at 7 p.m. April 15.

Thank you to all the libraries who let us know their plans for National Poetry Month. Do you have other events to share? Please add them in the comments!

Kitchens Completes Successful Year as PTRCA President

Karen Kitchens
Karen Kitchens

Karen Kitchens recently completed her one-year term as President 2015/2016 of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA). She concluded her term during the 38th Annual Patent and Trademark Resource Center Seminar in Alexandria, VA. Kitchens is the state publications librarian at the Wyoming State Library.

During her term, Kitchens successfully oversaw several key changes in the Association’s by-laws; initiated discussion on the viability of adding digital object identifiers (DOI) to submissions by members in the PTRCA Journal; and arranged successful and informative Round Table Discussions at the recent Seminar.

“The possibility of assigning a DOI to each Association Journal submission is exciting to all librarian contributors, especially our academic librarian members,” Kitchens said. “Assignment of a DOI to an article is a key component of altmetrics, which counts (and links to) mentions of an article in various media outlets, among other things. “

logoPTRCA is an affiliate member of the American Library Association.  A Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) is part of a nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to support the public with trademark and patent assistance.

“It has been a very exciting year of growth for our Association.  We have made some real progress in streamlining our by-laws, including the addition of a Records Retention Policy, improving the Association’s ability to locate and retrieve records when required.”

PTRCA supports programs at the Annual Training Seminar, such as the Open Forum with USPTO staff, and member roundtable presentations. The organization also has an active mentoring program, pairing new PTRC representatives with more experienced colleagues. PTRCA members enjoy the benefit of a content-rich website, which serves as a gathering spot for information about the association, committee assignments, association events, informational handouts, and links to other useful resources.


Need Images? Here Are Some Great Free Resources

Reposted with permission from WebJunction

Photo from Pixabay.
Photo from Pixabay.

People are visual creatures, so a good image can go a long way toward dressing up a blog post, newsletter, or website. The good folks over at WebJunction put together this list of free images, photo editing programs, and design resources to make it easy to add that special touch to your library communications. They have graciously allowed us to repost it here:

Elk in Yellowstone National Park. From the New York Public Library.
Elk in Yellowstone National Park. From the New York Public Library.

Image Sources – Free

GIMP is free, open-source photo editing software.
GIMP is free, open-source photo editing software.

Image Editing Programs – Free

  • GIMP: open source software freely available for personal use; suitable for users accustomed to the sophistication of PhotoShop.
  • GimpShop is a modification of GIMP, which creates an interface more familiar to users of PhotoShop.
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager is part of the Office suite of programs and has basic editing capability; find it under Microsoft Office >> Microsoft Office Tools.
  • NET for Windows
  • Google Photos
  • PicMonkey
Piktochart makes it easy to create infographics, such as this one for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge.
Piktochart makes it easy to create infographics, such as this one for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge.

Design Resources

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National Library Week 2016 Coming Up April 10-16

NLW-FBcover_0From the American Library Association

National Library Week 2016 is coming up from April 10-16. NLW is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

The theme for 2016 National Library Week is “Libraries Transform,” and Gene Luen Yang is Honorary Chair. Yang is an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Among the week’s happenings, the American Library Association (ALA) will celebrate National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 12 and National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 13.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by ALA and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Is your library doing anything special for National Library Week? The Wyoming State Library would love to hear about it! Email your plans to Susan Mark at

Junior Master Gardeners Grow Great Kids at Cody Library

Junior Master Gardeners (from left) Hayden and Sage Bosshardt, Master Gardener Kathy Clarkson, Reese and Sean Lowe are ready to “Learn, Grow, Eat and Go” at a free library program.

Park County Library is encouraging youngsters in grades 3-5 to “Learn, Grow, Eat & Go” through a Junior Master Gardeners program that begins April 8.

Volunteer instructor Kathy Clarkson is a Master Gardener and manager of the Cody Farmers Market. She and another volunteer, Edie Phillips, will teach up to 15 kids.

Through hands-on activities, participants will learn what plants need to thrive. They will plant container gardens, which can be brought inside in case of killing frosts. A field trip is planned to the farmers market.

Healthy recipes and preparation will be practiced in the Biblio Bistro at the library. Class will end with physical activity such as “gas gobblers,” a game involves chasing bubbles to demonstrate the way trees consume carbon dioxide.

GardenersJunior Master Gardeners is a national program that engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certification and recognition. For details, visit

Keep up with the Park County Library happenings on Facebook at

Gaetz Selected as Dean of UW Libraries

From UW News

Ivan Gaetz

March 28, 2016 — An experienced scholar and librarian has been named dean of University of Wyoming Libraries.

Ivan Gaetz, currently the library director at Colorado College, will begin his new post at UW July 1, following his appointment by the UW Board of Trustees.

“We are happy that Ivan will be joining us at the University of Wyoming,” Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones says. “He had expressed a strong interest in our libraries, and we are confident that he will continue to build on the strong foundation that has been built over the last 10 years.”

Gaetz received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alberta in 1975; a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan in 1978; a Master of Theology degree from Regis College at the University of Toronto in 1985; a master’s degree in library science from the University of Alberta in 1988; a master’s degree in education from the University of Alberta in 1990; and a Ph.D. in educational studies from the University of British Columbia in 2004.

Before becoming library director at Colorado College in 2012, he served as dean of the library at Regis University in Denver from 2001-2012; and library director at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 1993-2001. Before that, he held a number of library positions at Columbia University and libraries in Alberta.

“I am thrilled at the prospects of joining the team of educators at the University of Wyoming and of leading its libraries in the next phase of development that advances the mission of the university,” Gaetz says. “With the libraries of UW well-positioned as they are now, the library team of faculty and staff is poised to serve, in ever greater capacity, the students and faculty of the university, the citizens of Wyoming and beyond.”


Free Library Continuing Education Events for March 28-31

Welcome to the Wyoming State Library’s Training Calendar. These are free, online events. You can subscribe to it and view the events in your calendar software or find all the events here at:

In addition to the free, online training opportunities, don’t forget that Thursday is the deadline for this round of Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education that can assist you in attending paid events or courses.


Share Your Story of How Libraries Transform

From the American Library Association

Your library changes the lives of people in your community, school and campus every day. The American Library Association (ALA), in honor of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, wants you to share your stories of how libraries do just that.

BECAUSE-LEARNING-TO-READ-Facebook-shareLibraries can participate in two ways. First, libraries and librarians are asked to submit 1-2 minute videos discussing how their library transforms their community, campus or school. Submissions will be used by ALA to develop a promotional video or a series of promotional videos. For more information, check out ALA’s informational video, or visit

A second promotion asks library users to share how their library transforms their life. Using the model of the Libraries Transform campaign’s Because… statements, library lovers are asked to create their own Because… statements on social media using the hashtag, #LibrariesTransform. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 gift card and a copy of Secret Coders, by Mike Holmes and Gene Luen Yang, the Honorary Chair National Library Week 2016.

For more information on how you can get involved with National Library Week visit For more on the Libraries Transform initiative, visit

2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Open for Entries

An annual award presented by School Library Journal (SLJ) and sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, The School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies.


To be considered, applicants must meet state requirements for school library media certification and be currently employed in a media specialist, teacher librarian or equivalent position. He or she can be working in either a public or private school at a site level—supervisors or managers of library programs (including at a district or regional level) are not eligible.

The winning school librarian will receive a $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing, and be profiled in a feature article in the September 2016 issue of SLJ. Two finalists will each receive $500 in materials of their choice from Scholastic Library Publishing and be featured with the winner in online multimedia articles for, sharing practical tips on best practices, including video content and screencast tutorials.

Application deadline is May 20, 2016. Find guidelines and learn more at