Monthly Archives: June 2016

2016 National Teen Lock-In Planned for July 29


The 2016 National Teen Library Lock-In will be held Friday, July 29. Each year, libraries across the United States invite teens to a locally hosted lock-in on the same night to celebrate summer reading with online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games. Each library, large or small, urban or rural,  organizes their own activities (and times), and then librarians use digital tools to connect teens with each other and with popular YA authors. Some library events last several hours and others last all night.

If you are a librarian who is interested in learning more about the nationwide event, visit the NTL 2016 wiki to register and sign up for the mailing list. An online contact form is available for questions.

Wyoming Library Association Cancels 2016 Conference

Sid Stanfill, president of the Wyoming Library Association, has announced that the organization has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2016 conference. With libraries across the state facing budget cuts, WLA expected a steep decline in conference participation that would have resulted in a large financial loss to the organization. The conference committee, executive board and the Wyoming State Library plan to work on an alternative conference arrangement, possible online or regionally, so that Wyoming library staff and volunteers can maintain their connections throughout the state.

National Week of Making Kicks Off Today

Making with clay at the Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne.
Creating with clay at the Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne.

Today kicks off the National Week of Making, celebrating innovation, ingenuity and creativity. Last year’s presidential proclamation for this event stated:

American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth … Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need.

Libraries have responded to the need to provide those resources. In recent years, many have begun adding makerspaces or maker programs. The new Converse County Library, under construction now but opening soon, has a designated makerspace. Laramie County Library System doesn’t have a space, but they shared with us some of the programs they do to encourage making. Other libraries around Wyoming are creating programs and carving out space for these activities.

Is your library doing something special for National Week of Making? Let us know! Email your news to Susan Mark at, or call her at (307) 777-5915.



Central Acquisitions Saves Libraries Money and Time

Central Acquisitions Program infographicWyoming libraries that participate in the WSL’s Central Acquisitions Program (CACQ) can save big. We’ve crunched the numbers for FY15 and found that program libraries saved an estimated $728,169 on their purchases, thanks to the vendor discounts the State Library gets though bulk purchasing. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and Follett all provide an average 40% discount to the program. For other vendors, libraries receive an average discount of 15%.

This does not include savings to local library staff time. CACQ managed and processed more than 6,500 invoices and paid them out of library funds on deposit at the Wyoming State Library. Libraries receive regular reports of their fund activities and balances. In addition, their accounts earn a modest rate of interest.

About 150 libraries of all types – public, academic, school, and special – use CACQ for purchasing. For all of these savings to them, the cost to run the program in FY15 was only $122,362: $93,348 from the State of Wyoming and $29,014 from program participants. This is a net return on investment of $605,807.

For more information on the program, contact Melanie Reedy at or (307) 777-5917.

Download the infographic in PDF or JPG.

June 2016 Outrider Newsletter

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The June 2016 issue of The Outrider is now available online. Download it here.

The Outrider, published monthly, is the newsletter of the Wyoming State Library. We are always looking for news from Wyoming libraries. Have you started an innovative program or service? Seen a long-time staffer retire? Held a successful fundraiser other libraries might want to try? Let us know! Contact Susan Mark at or (307) 777-5915 with your news.

Book Bikes Make the Rounds

Summer is a great time to get out on a bicycle. Two Wyoming libraries combine cycling with reading with book bikes — portable, pedal-powered, traveling libraries they take out and about to their community. Many libraries are using book bikes; check out the photo gallery on Instagram. Here’s a little more about Wyoming’s two-wheeled libraries:

Fremont County Library – Lander

Anna Smedts on the Lander Library Book Bike. Anna works in interlibrary loan.
Anna Smedts on the Lander Library Book Bike. Anna works in interlibrary loan.

The Lander Library’s 2014 “Outside the Lines” marketing campaign inspired a rolling library projects known as the Book Bike. The project helps promote and raise awareness of Library services by traveling to local events, bringing a small bit of the library out into the community. Community response is very positive and the staff has embraced the opportunity to take the bike out. With funding from Lander Library Friends Association, this unique Book Bike was created with the purchase of a Specialized Step Through bicycle, and shelving kindly built free of charge by Steve Lynn. The Book Bike has appeared at RiverFest, the International Climber’s Festival, the Farmer’s Market, Storytime in the Park and other events. Julie Baehr, library assistant, said that you can expect to see the Book Bike at many similar local happenings again next year.

Teton County Library

The Teton County Library's new book bike, open for business.
The Teton County Library’s new book bike, open for business.

If you see a biker pulling a trailer in Jackson with a bright green cart emblazoned with a leaf, you’ve just spotted Teton County Library’s brand new Book Bike. The seemingly petite cart opens to reveal shelves lined with hundreds of pounds of free, gently used books from the Library Friends, summer reading information, Pathways maps and more.

The bike, funded by the Teton County Library Foundation and Friends, had its first outing on May 31. It was purchased from Hoff’s Bikesmith in Jackson, while the cart and trailer came from Street Smart Trailers in Boston.

The library’s Book Bike will bring free reads and professional librarians to community events all summer. Ongoing plans are to open the Book Bike weekly on Wednesdays in Phil Baux Park from 4 to 6 p.m. through August. And during July, librarians will also bring the Book Bike to Jackson Hole Middle School lunches with plenty of free books to encourage summer reading.

Libraries Included on Statewide Digital Learning Plan Panel

Today and tomorrow, the Wyoming Department of Education’s Statewide Digital Learning Plan Advisory Panel is meeting at the Wyoming State Library.  Libraries are well-represented in this planning process. From the WSL, Interim State Librarian Jamie Markus and WYLD Program Manager Brian Greene sit on the panel, and two school librarians have been included.

After gathering public input earlier this year, the panel is working to develop and implement a statewide education technology plan that will improve student access to digital learning opportunities. Among the items it will address are staff training, curriculum integration, and network connectivity in schools.