Monthly Archives: June 2018

Library of Congress Story Maps Explore History

The October 24, 1942 issue of the Heart Mountain Sentinel is featured in the Library of Congress’s “Behind Barbed Wire” Story Map.

The Library of Congress has launched Story Maps, interactive and immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections.

Story Maps combine text, images, multimedia, and interactive maps to create engaging online narrative experiences. They’ve been featured on the School Library Journal blog as a resource for school librarians and others.

They’re a fun way to explore different aspects of history — including Wyoming’s. “Behind Barbed Wire” is a great pairing with the Wyoming State Library’s Heart Mountain exhibit and newspapers from the camp in Wyoming Newspapers.

Under a program spearheaded by the Geography and Map Division, collection specialists from across the Library have produced Story Maps with content from the hidden and not-so-hidden collections of the library. Learn more from the Library of Congress.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for July

site logoThe July 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 76 live offerings and four to watch “At Your Leisure.” 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

Start a Coding Program at Your Small or Rural Public Library

The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) received a grant for $249,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the National Leadership Grant for Libraries to help youth learn coding at 50 libraries across the United States through a program called Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries. Your small or rural public library can apply to be one of them.

Small and rural communities are at risk of being left behind as computer programming emerges as a critical skill and the gap in access to computer science education widens between urban and rural America. Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries seeks to enable the libraries in these communities to introduce coding to thousands of youth aged 8-14, which will help them gain the skills needed for college and career readiness and life success.

You can join the effort and help kids in your community with a weekly after school code club. Don’t worry if you are not a computer expert — they will provide all the tools and training you need to be successful. The program is grant-funded, so it is free for your library if you are a successful applicant.

Learn more and apply online. Deadline is July 16, 2018.

WSL Closed on Independence Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will reopen at our regular hours on Thursday, July 5.

We celebrate the July 4 holiday in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on that date in 1776. Learn more about the Declaration from the National Archives.

Although we won’t be in the building, you can still check out reading material online — ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and digital magazines — through

Curious about how Independence Day was celebrated in Wyoming’s yesteryear? Read all about it in Wyoming Newspapers, our archived trove of the state’s historical newspapers. In this image from the July 4, 1885 Big Horn Sentinel, you can see the big events planned for Sheridan.

AHC Teams Up With Wyoming Public Media for ‘Archives on the Air’

The American Heritage Center in Laramie has found a way to bring the treasures and tidbits from its extensive collection to a wider audience through a partnership with Wyoming Public Media with a new show on Wyoming Public Radio: Archives on the Air.

Archives on the Air features one-minute stories from the wide-ranging collections housed at the AHC, taking listeners deep into the archives. New episodes air three times every weekday on local Wyoming Public Radio stations across the state and can also be found online.

Enjoy these episodes already available on the Wyoming Public Media website:

Assistant Archivist Molly Marcusse voices each episode. Scripts for Archives on the Air are written by Archivist Leslie Waggener and Marketing Assistants Alex Vernon, London Homer-Wambeam, and Conor McCracken-Flesher.

‘Get Out the Vote’ Registers Fremont County Voters

(L to R) Riverton Branch Manager Shari Haskins and Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese
Music from Drones Over Yellowstone

The Riverton Branch Library encouraged those in its community to “Get Out the Vote” with a voter registration event on June 20. Get out the Vote was an informal, informational event. The main impetus was to let Fremont County residents know that it is easy to become a registered voter. The Fremont County Election Office was available to register voters and their table, by far, was the busiest.

Participants met representatives from the different political parties and were entertained by a real rock and roll band, Drones Over Yellowstone. They also had the opportunity to sign the People’s Promise, a national, non-partisan grassroots petition to overturn the Citizens United decision


Wyoming Snapshot Day Set for October 9

Moorcroft Branch Library, Wyoming Snapshot Day 2017

Wyoming Snapshot Day 2018 is on the calendar, so mark yours now. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 9.

On Snapshot Day, we gather photos and stories from libraries around the state to share how libraries make a difference in their communities every single day.

Interested in signing up your library? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at

2017-18 Wyoming School Library Stats Released

Sundance Elementary School on Wyoming Snapshot Day 2017

The numbers are in: the results of the Wyoming School Library Survey 2017-18 have been released and may be found on the WSL library statistics page.

Annually, the Wyoming State Library conducts a voluntary survey of school libraries to collect basic information on staffing, budgets, student use of the library and other measures. A large body of research has shown that a strong school library program — with sufficient staffing, collections and budget — is associated with higher student test scores.

The response rate for this year’s survey was higher than in 2016-17. Part of the reason for the increase could be increased awareness of the importance of the survey, as well as a need to have data for advocacy at the local level.

Questions about the survey, or about other school library issues, may be directed to Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, at or (307) 777-6331.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of June 25

Free, online, continuing education events for this week of from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at


All times MDT

Tuesday, June 26 (12-1 pm)
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you’ve never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We’ll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

Tuesday, June 26 (12-1 pm)
Chatbots – Discover This Secret Weapon to Scale Training Capability (InSync Training)
In this session, you’ll learn how you can design a chatbot to be both a performance support tool (providing on-demand job aids) as well as a virtual facilitator and coach (ensuring knowledge transference and learning accountability).

Wednesday, June 27 (10-11 am)
Bootstrap Fundraising – Launching a Development Program (nonprofit hub)
“If you build it, they will come” is completely appropriate for the fundraising world. Starting or re-launching a fundraising program can be daunting and discouraging.  If you focus on infrastructure and process first, you’ll find that fundraising will become far easier. Join this webinar to learn the key steps you should take to be successful in building out your development efforts and pitfalls  you could face along the way.

Wednesday, June 27 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Fundraising Planning (Grantspace)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.

Wednesday, June 27 (12-1 pm)
Tips for Moving up the Gov Career Ladder (GovLoop)
The good place – it’s the idealized place in your career. It’s where you want to end up. The pinnacle. The corner office. But how do you get there? Those questions can be especially difficult to answer for government employees because the government career structure can seem limiting. Join us as we share insights and best practices to actually get to the next phase of your career.

Wednesday, June 27 (12-1 pm)
Getting Ready to Get Ready for Giving Season (GuideStar)
To help you offset last minute planning, we’ve invited the fundraising experts at Classy to join us on a webinar to share how you can start preparing for year-end giving TODAY. You’ll learn how to plan your fundraising campaign in advance, which marketing best practices to use to drive the most traffic back to your campaign, how to appeal to different types of donors, and why Giving Tuesday is a day you can’t ignore.

Wednesday, June 27 (12-1:30 pm)
Litigation?! Strategies to Lower Your ECE Organization’s Risk of Being Involved in Lawsuits (Early Childhood Investigations)
This webinar, presented by Attorney Ron McGuckin, will focus on the most current legal trends and administrative issues which impact the day to day operations of the child care  program.

Thursday, June 28 (11-12 pm)
How to Stand Out From the Crowd in Online Grant Applications (Charity HowTo)
In this webinar, we will address how to create a concise, compelling and competitive application for online grant application scenarios. We will look at specific examples for tips that make reviewing your online grant proposal easier for reviewers. We will also explain how to avoid losing the power of your story when your application is broken up across numerous fields.

Hit the Road With Teen Driver Resources

Reposted from the Natrona County Library blog
Used with permission

If you are learning to drive, or teaching a new driver, there are plenty of FREE resources available to you.

Drive Safe!