Monthly Archives: December 2016

January Continuing Education Calendar

The January 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at


WebJunction’s Top Ten Articles of 2016

In their latest Crossroads newsletter, WebJunction reported that in 2016 they hosted two dozen new webinars, published more than 125 articles, and offered many courses and resources — all free and all library relevant. Here were the 10 most-read articles of the year:

  1. Library Heroes Make Health Happen
    WebJunction and ZeroDivide debut a poster infographic for free download to help you start conversations about supporting community health.
  2. Growing Library Garden Programs
    An amazing compilation of library garden programs around the U.S. (Including two from Wyoming!)
  3. Racial Equity in the Library, Part One: Where to Start?
    The first in a two-part series focused on the complex and broad issue of racial equity in the library.
  4. Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff
    Feature of Whatcom County Library System’s (WA) fun readers’ advisory initiative to boost staff knowledge of books and authors.
  5. Library Kitchens and Cooking Programs
    An extensive collection of library kitchen, cooking and culinary literacy programs and ideas.
  6. Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia
    Judith R. Wright of Homewood Public Library (AL) shares step-by-step instructions for this fun trivia program.
  7. 15 Libraries Chosen for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Project
    Announcement of the 15 libraries selected to participate in WebJunction’s latest grant-funded project.
  8. Updated Course: Dealing with Angry Patrons
    News that WebJunction refreshed the LibraryU course, Dealing with Angry Patrons; a perennial favorite course now in an updated format.
  9. Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library
    A look at the great work being done for older adults at Westerville Public Library in Ohio.
  10. How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program
    Write-up of a popular WebJunction webinar on building a robust STEM focus at your library.

WebJunction is a great, free resource for your library — take some time to explore the rest of the site!

Resolution: Learn a New Language

From a Laramie County Library System blog post by Kaci Nicks, Reference Assistant
Adapted and reposted with permission

According to a very unscientific Google search, bilingual people are… “smart, creative, and better lovers,” “brain ‘bodybuilders,'” and simply “smarter” than their monolingual counterparts.

We here in Wyoming’s libraries want to help our patrons become the beautifully brilliant bilinguals they wish to become in 2017.

Here are six resources available through Wyoming libraries to help get you started:

  1. Mango turns language learning into a game. The digital lessons are interactive and build your conversation skills from the ground up. If you get tired of lessons, Mango also has a movie mode similar to Netflix. In this mode you can test your language skills while watching a foreign film. Currently, there are 72 languages available on Mango. This service is free for library patrons and can be accessed via


Color coding to help simplify even the most difficult of languages!
Movie Mode: Features subtitles in both the language you are learning and English. Be prepared, this mode also quizzes you about the film!
  1. Speaking of movies, did you know Wyoming libraries have a diverse selection of foreign films available on DVD? A few of my favorites are Snowpiercer, Spirited Away, and anything starring Gael García Bernal.
  2. Even busy people can squeeze in time to learn a foreign language! Using Books On CD you can turn your morning commute into a classroom on wheels. Our digital audiobook service, OneClickdigital, also has several audiobook courses based on the studies of linguist Dr. Paul Pimsleur.
  3. Learning Spanish? Find Spanish language materials at your library.
  4. Of course, many libraries also have a robust selection of foreign language study books and dictionaries in the nonfiction collection. These items live in the 400s. However, if you want to learn more about the culture and geography behind the language you’re studying, be sure to check out the 800s (literature) and 900s (travel and history) as well!
  5. If you can’t make it into the library then check out the latest addition to our e-book services, TotalBoox. With just a few clicks you can access titles such as The Everything Spanish Phrase Book for Health Care Professionals or 1001 Easy German Phrases.

As always, be sure to ask your favorite library employee for help if you have trouble accessing these resources. We love to help!

Further Reading:

I love Benny Lewis’ Lifehacker article How to Successfully Learn a New Language This Year. Lewis has practical advice and links to some extremely helpful apps.

Nervous? Here are a few TED Talks to help inspire your language learning in 2017!

New Reporting Tools from ALA for Hate Crimes and Material Challenges

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has introduced upgraded tools that make censorship easier to report and easier to track. On Dec. 20, the office rolled out a simpler form to document censorship and hate crimes and a web page exclusively for challenge support.

OIF’s Challenge Support webpages have migrated from the ALA Banned Books Week page to its own section in ALA’s Professional Tools. The Challenge Support page hosts the revised reporting form, as well as resources on reconsideration policies, discussions with concerned parents and challenge procedures.

On Jan. 12, at noon Mountain Time, OIF will host “Your Guide to Censorship Reporting,” a free webinar on how to fill out the form. The webinar will also outline how the literary community can identify First Amendment violations and why OIF collects this information.

The Wyoming Library Association has an Intellectual Freedom Advisor. That position is currently held by Brian Greene, Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library. Contact him at if you are facing intellectual freedom issues in your library.

New Books at the Wyoming State Library

Blueprint for tomorrow : redesigning schools for student-centered learning
Prakash Nair
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Education Press, [2014]
Blueprint for Tomorrow provides simple, affordable, and versatile ideas for adapting or redesigning school spaces to support student-centered learning. In particular, the author focuses on ways to use current spending to modify existing spaces, and explains which kinds of adaptations offer the biggest return in terms of student learning.

Adults just wanna have fun : programs for emerging adults 
Audrey Barbakoff
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2016
There are a wealth of resources out there geared towards serving the needs of toddlers, school age children, young adults, and senior citizens. But something’s missing. Library users in their 20s and 30s constitute one of the most underserved populations for public libraries, and there’s a scarcity of guidance on how to target them. Barbakoff’s fun and practical programming book helps to fill that gap.



The new librarianship field guide
R. David Lankes ; with contributions from others
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]
This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities — librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way.

Watch This Great STEM Project at Park County Library

Shelly Waidelich, Park County Library Young Adult Librarian, and homeschoolers created a STEM project by making cars out of just a few elements, then sending them down an incline and crashing them into a cement block. The object was to create a car that would withstand the impact and cause little harm to the “driver,” an uncooked egg. Watch the video to see all the fun!

Enjoy E-Books and More Over the Holidays

Many local libraries have holiday closures this week so that their employees can enjoy the festivities and the time with family and friends. Even so, you don’t have to pass up a chance to check out a great library book to read. has e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines you can download with your Wyoming library card number and PIN. Try these great resources, available to you at any time:

So curl up by the fire and curl up with a good book from your library this holiday weekend.


Grant Opportunities

Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
The WCTF can provide grant funding for all forms of arts and culture. Grant requests should be no greater than $50,000. Previous awards have averaged approximately $15,000. Two grant application deadlines annually: April 1 for projects beginning after July 1 and Oct. 1 for projects beginning after Jan. 1. Grant applications should address projects/events/ activities that are not traditionally served by, do not qualify for, or are beyond the programs or resources of the State Historic Preservation Office, Wyoming Arts Council or Wyoming Humanities Council.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
DEADLINE: Jan. 10, 2017
The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should: result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide; have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need; be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and be capable of completion within one year. Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals.

World War I and America Grants
DEADLINE: Jan. 13, 2017
Stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonprofit community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today.

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: Feb. 15, 2017
The ALA Learning Round Table will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.) Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply.