Monthly Archives: July 2016

2016 Teen Read Week Initiative Launched

trw16ningheaderopt1The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2016 Teen Read Week (TRW) website,

YALSA encourages libraries to use a multi-lingual “Read for the fun of it theme during Teen Read Week™, October 9 – 15, 2016, and to highlight services and resources for and with the 22% of the nation’s youth who speak a language other than English at home (Kids Count Data Center). This year’s Teen Read Week poster features a “Read for the fun of it” theme in the six most spoken languages in the U.S.: English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog.

Library staff, educators and afterschool providers are encouraged to join the free Teen Read Week site for full access to a variety of resources to help them plan their Teen Read Week activities, including:

  • Forums: Discuss and share TRW-related resources and experiences;
  • Grants: Teen Read Week Activity Grant and Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway;
  • Planning and publicity tools;
  • Products: Posters, bookmarks, manuals and more;
  • Themed logo (site members only): Downloadable low-resolution theme logo;
  • Webinars (site members only): Free access to live and archived webinars;
  • and more resources and perks to come;

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacies initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage all teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #TRW16. Teen Read Week is supported in part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Sign up Your Library for Wyoming Snapshot Day

Campbell County Public Library patron on Snapshot Day 2015
Campbell County Public Library patron on Snapshot Day 2015

Join us for this year’s Wyoming Snapshot Day on Oct. 11, 2016, in conjunction with Teen Read Week. Sign up now to let us know your library will participate.

On Snapshot Day, Wyoming libraries collect photos, video and comments that show the value they offer to their communities every single day. Participation is easy: simply take photos and collect comments on Snapshot Day (or on another day that week, if that works better) and submit them to Snapshot Day. More information and instructions are available on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website at

Questions? Want to sign up? Contact Susan  Mark, WSL Publications Specialist at or 307-777-5915.

Sweetwater County Library Steps Back in Time with Medieval Faire

From Lindsey Travis
Rock Springs Library Manager

Medieval Faire 1The Sweetwater County Library’s Medieval Faire was a success. About 500 people attended the event held July 16 on Expedition Island in Green River — and many were dressed in their Medieval best! The faire featured crafts and vendors, along with a storyteller, a king and queen who handed out gifts to their visitors, a caricaturist,face painting, archery (with Nerf equipment), and pool-noodle jousting. Medieval lawn games such as Queek and Skittles were a big hit among those in attendance.

This was the fourth time the library has hosted a Medieval Faire. It is a fun community event that the library staff loves to put together. See more photos below!

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Buffalo Bill’s Horse Bit Patent

In honor of Cheyenne Frontier Days, we thought we’d share this horse-related historical tidbit: Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill held a U.S. patent for a decorative bit modeled after a revolver.

Patent ImagesWilliam F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody received patent number D49,949 on November 28, 1916. This design patent for a bit was discovered while creating the Wyoming Inventors Database. Buffalo Bill Cody was known worldwide for many activities — Army scout, hunter, guide, Wild West showman — but not as an inventor. That changed when patent number D49,949 was discovered by the Wyoming Patent and Trademark Depository Library here at the WSL.

In 1913, after accruing massive debts, Buffalo Bill was forced to sell the Wild West Show at auction in Denver. After fulfilling a two-year travel obligation to the purchaser of the Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill was desperate for money and  searching for a way to restart his own show. Soon after the bit was patented, he assigned the patent to the North & Judd Manufacturing Company. Unfortunately, Buffalo Bill Cody died on January 10, 1917, before he was able to establish a new show. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody owns two examples of this bit.

Find his patent and many more examples of Wyoming innovators in our Wyoming Inventors digital collection.

Wyoming Digital Collections Now Accessible Again

Digital Collections BannerOur software upgrade is complete! All of the Wyoming State Library Digital Collections are up and running again, although you may still see a downtime notice on the page. Explore our state’s history through its Places, Newspapers, Trademarks, Inventors, Legislation, and State Publications. We thank you for your patience this week while these resources were down for maintenance.

Questions about anything in our digital collections? Contact us at or (307) 777-6333. We’ll be glad to help.

Grant Opportunities

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Individuals in publicly accessible libraries are eligible for competitive continuing education grants. Priorities under this endowment are:

  1. Courses that support certification or completion of a degree or certificate in the library related subject area,
  2. Conferences, workshops, seminars or training in the employee’s or volunteer’s library related subject area,
  3. General courses that may not be directly library related but allow a library employee or volunteer to do his/her job more effectively.

Maximum award is $1,500 in a calendar year. The application should be submitted to the Wyoming State Library, not to the Wyoming Community Foundation. Six grant cycles per year. Next deadline: July 31.

Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
The Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services created this annual grant to honor the career of Jan Merrill-Oldham, a distinguished author and leader in the field. This award allows for librarians with 5 or fewer years of experience in the field to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference. The award is a $1,250 cash grant to be used toward registration fees, airfare, and lodging. Deadline: December 1

Young Adults Write Now Endowment Program
The Horror Writers Association will offer endowments to libraries to fund teen writing programs as part of its ongoing dedication to furthering young adult literacy. The Young Adults Write Now fund will provide up to five endowments of $500 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. See guidelines and review their resources for librarians. Application period runs September through December.

Fight for a Better World Grant
This grant of up to $5,000 is intended to support non-profits in addressing issues in social inequalities and injustices. Social inequalities/injustices can include but are not limited to the marginalization of select populations (LGBTQI, people of color, women/girls, the aging, refugees, indigenous people, etc.). Funds may be used for general organization support or for a project.This grant will be an on-going initiative of Woozy Moo, an Atlanta-based toy start up.  Deadline: October 31.




July 2016 Outrider Newsletter Now Online

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The July 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.