Monthly Archives: February 2019

Free Continuing Education Events for February 28 – March 1



Free, online, continuing education events for February 28 – March 1 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

All times MST

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)
How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready)
Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)
Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Thursday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)
Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Friday, Mar 1 (12-1 pm)
Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for March



site logoThe March 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 59 webinars and four recordings 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Award-Winning Children’s and YA Books for Black History Month



The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, written by Claire Hartfield, is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Three King Author Honor Books were selected: Finding Langston, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and published by Holiday House; The Parker Inheritance, written by Varian Johnson and published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; and The Season of Styx Malone, written by Kekla Magoon and published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Marion Dane Bauer and published by Candlewick Press.

Three King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: Hidden Figures, illustrated by Laura Freeman, written by Margot Lee Shetterly and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; Let the Children March, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Monica Clark-Robinson and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company; and Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Alice Faye Duncan and published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:

Monday’s Not Coming, written by Tiffany D. Jackson, is the Steptoe author award winner. The book is published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:

Thank You, Omu!, illustrated and written by Oge Mora and published by Little, Brown Young Readers.

Oral History Workshop coming to Thermopolis



The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board and the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center are co-sponsoring “Doing Oral History in Your Community,” a free hands-on workshop on planning and conducting oral history interviews of local residents.

The workshop is scheduled for March 23, at the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center in 700 Broadway in Thermopolis from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is free. Contact the Museum at 307-864-5183, or hschistory@rtconnect.net to register. Parking is available.

Download the entire press release here (Word doc).

Free Continuing Education Events for February 25-28



Free, online, continuing education events for February 25-28 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 library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

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All times MST

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)
Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Reading Life Between the Lines: Using Children’s Literature for Tough Conversations About Diversity (Association of Library Service to Children)
We all know that diversity and inclusion are vital topics for our libraries and our democracy, but it can be hard to know how to approach this topic with young children and their families. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle H. Martin will provide attendees with strategies for using children’s literature to engage readers of all ages with questions of identity and difference. Dr. Martin will help participants increase their cultural competence for work with young people.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (11-12 pm)
Funding Information Network (FIN) Information Session (GrantSpace)
Join Brian Schultz, manager of the Funding Information Network at Foundation Center, to learn how the Funding Information Network program can help your nonprofit resource center, community foundation, or library support your local nonprofit and small business economy.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (12-1 pm)
Re-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities (VolunteerMatch)
Too often organizations look at volunteer engagement as something that’s nice to have, and never realize the true potential of volunteers. But, our organizations become more successful, responsive, and effective when we look at volunteers as a key component to our organization’s success. In this session we’ll discuss creating a connection between the work volunteers do and the mission of your organization. You’ll learn how to design volunteer opportunities with real impact, and how to tell the story of that impact both within your organization and to your community. Attendees will leave with sample mission-driven position descriptions and a worksheet to help craft their organization’s story of volunteer engagement.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (1-2 pm)
Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)
Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.

Tuesday, Feb 26 (2-3 pm)
Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences (Education Week/Fountas & Pinnell)
Join literacy leaders Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell as together they explore the essential literacy experiences that are critical for nurturing lifelong readers and writers.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (8am-2:30 pm)
NextGen Professional Development Virtual Summit: Advance your Gov Career (GovLoop)
How will you move to the next phase in your career? In order to help you achieve your professional development goals, you’re invited to participate in this webinar to hear from government and career experts about how to become a better, more well-rounded and productive employee.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (12-1:30 pm)
When Copyright and Cultural Collections Converge (Connecting to Collections)
This webinar provides a practical introduction to U.S. copyright law, the public domain, and fair use, as well as touching upon parallel intellectual property rights to consider, such as privacy and publicity rights. Additionally, attendees will be presented with methodologies to navigate the myriad licensing options and ever-changing uses affecting collections, including determining rights status, identifying rights holders, and applying rights statements, Open Access, and Creative Commons licenses to collection objects.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (1-2 pm)
What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)
Join us for our annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve.

Wednesday, Feb 27 (3-4 pm)
Social-Emotional Learning in the Library (edWeb)
In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more.

Thursday, Feb 28 (8:30-9:30 am)
How School and District Leaders Can Create the Conditions for Innovation and Change (Future Ready Schools/Alliance for Excellent Education)
Leadership and school culture lay the foundation of successful schools. For digital learning to thrive, school and district leaders need to create conditions that empower teachers to take risks and try new things. Veteran Principal and Future Ready Advisor, Jimmy Casas, will discuss how school leaders can create cultures of innovation in their schools.

Thursday, Feb 28 (10-11 am)
Health Statistics on the Web (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Thursday, Feb 28 (12-1 pm)
Grants and Proposal Writing (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Designed for beginners, this class presents a general overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant process, as well as tips for writing a successful proposal. The one-hour webinar will address: documenting community need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; and developing an evaluation plan.

Thursday, Feb 28 (5-6 pm)
Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (American Association of School Librarians)
This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.

Black History Month in Federal Documents



Reposted from govinfo

February is Black History Month, a time to observe the achievements of African Americans – from civil rights to science to politics to music and beyond – in U.S. History. Check out the below facts found in excerpts in Presidential remarks, Congressional Records, and Resolutions on govinfo to help us remember some of the African Americans who helped shape our country. Click on the links to learn even more about the adversity these heroes overcame and their incredible contributions.

1. December 1 wasn’t the first time Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat 

According to the Congressional Record on October 26, 2005, in a previous incident, Parks refused to give up her seat, but was ordered off the bus and never arrested. December 1, 1955, was the second time Parks refused to move from her seat, resulting in her arrest and sparking a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system. Read more about the life of Rosa Parks in these documents from govinfo.

  • PDF 151 Cong. Rec. H9259 – REMEMBERING ROSA PARKS 
  • PDF   157 Cong. Rec. H7591 – ROSA PARKS DAY 
  • PDF   151 Cong. Rec. H9366 – HONORING ROSA PARKS

2. Pitchers on opposing teams regularly threw fastballs near Jackie Robinson’s head 

According to the Congressional Record on April 15, 1997, opposing baseball players tried to spike Robinson on the head and pitchers regularly threw balls near his head. Even some of his own teammates asked to be traded when they learned he was being called up from the minors. Read more about the life of Jackie Robinson on govinfo.

  • PDF 149 Cong. Rec. S2334 – JACKIE ROBINSON 
  • PDF   143 Cong. Rec. H1460 – TRIBUTE TO JACKIE ROBINSON 
  • PDF   154 Cong. Rec. S2986 – JACKIE ROBINSON 
  • PDF   143 Cong. Rec. S3230 – JACKIE ROBINSON

3. Shirley Anita Chisholm was the first Black woman to be elected to Congress

According to a Resolution from 2001, Chisholm was never afraid to speak out on any issue she felt adverse to. An inspiration to all women, she was the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1968 and was the first Black woman to seek the bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. Read more about Shirley Anita Chisholm on govinfo.

  • PDF S. RES. 153 (IS) – RECOGNIZING THE ENDURING CONTRIBUTIONS, HEROIC ACHIEVEMENTS, AND DEDICATED WORK OF SHIRLEY ANITA CHISHOLM 
  • PDF   147 CONG. REC. E1161 – RECOGNIZING CONTRIBUTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS, AND DEDICATED WORK OF SHIRLEY ANITA CHISHOLM

4. Dr. George Washington Carver was born to a slave mother and didn’t obtain a high school education until his late twenties

In his remarks for Dr. George Washington Carver National Recognition Day, President Clinton noted that Carver applied the almost magical possibilities of chemistry to the fields and farms of the South. He created 300 useful products from peanuts and more than 100 from sweet potatoes, spawning numerous industries. He helped save the South’s depleted soils. And he liberated the South from its reliance on cotton.

  • PDF WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS VOLUME 36, ISSUE 1(JANUARY 10, 2000) (Videotape Remarks for Dr. George Washington Carver National Recognition Day)

5. Dr. Maya Angelou worked at a hamburger joint before becoming a writer, director, playwright, and poet 

A 2014 Congressional Record states that Dr. Maya Angelou rose from the bottom of society, working at a hamburger joint as well as a mechanic’s shop where she took paint off cars with her hands. Read more about the life of Dr. Maya Angelou below.

  • PDF 160 Cong. Rec. H5060 – MAYA ANGELOU 
  • PDF   160 Cong. Rec. E1016 – HONORING DR. MAYA ANGELOU 
  • PDF   142 Cong. Rec. E184 – TRIBUTE TO MAYA ANGELOU

6. As a 16-year old orphan, Ray Charles used what little money he had to move to Seattle, WA, and form a jazz group 

A 2004 Congressional Record states “A young Charles began losing his sight at infancy and was clinically blind by the age of 7. Two years prior his brother had accidentally drowned, and by age 15, Charles lost both parents and had no immediate family. Alone, sad, and orphaned, Ray Charles went to live with friends of his mother, nearly 200 miles away from home, in Jacksonville, FL. Charles lived in Jacksonville for a year developing his talent as a musician before moving to Orlando, supporting himself, a 16-year-old orphan, with only his seemingly dauntless optimism to help him along.” Learn more about Ray Charles below.

  • PDF 150 Cong. Rec. S7164 – IN MEMORY OF RAY CHARLES 

7. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, conducted research from space

A 2017 Congressional Record states that she was accepted into NASA’s astronaut program in 1987, providing launch support and assistance until her space mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992. During her mission, Dr. Jemison conducted scientific experiments on bone cell research and the effects of weightlessness on the human body, which contributed to advancements in our understanding of life sciences. See the link below for more on this remarkable woman.

  • PDF 163 Cong. Rec. E728 – IN RECOGNITION OF MAE JEMISON FOR HER OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AS AN ASTRONAUT AND SCIENTIST

8. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” often read to his fellow coal miners who were illiterate

Dr. Woodson and his older brother Robert Henry Woodson took jobs working in the West Virginia coalfields of Fayette County. Here, Dr. Woodson, who had not yet attended high school, often read to his fellow coal miners who were illiterate, as he also did for his illiterate father. The collection of books and newspapers he accumulated for this task broadened his horizons about the world. Read more about Dr. Woodson below.

  • PDF 162 Cong. Rec. S250 – REMEMBERING DR. CARTER G. WOODSON
  • PDF   154 Cong. Rec. 2450 – HONORING CARTER G. WOODSON FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

9. Madam C.J. Walker built a factory on land she purchased to manufacture her line of cosmetic products

A 2010 Resolution states that in 1910, Madam C.J. Walker built a factory on land she bought in Indianapolis, Indiana, to manufacture her line of cosmetic products, a historic achievement for a Black businessperson of that time. Walker was committed to employing women in all aspects of her business, training well over 1,000 agents across the Nation and fostering the entry of Black women into the business world.

  • PDF H.J. RES. 81 (IH) – RECOGNIZING MADAM C.J. WALKER FOR HER ACHIEVEMENTS AS A TRAILBLAZING WOMAN IN BUSINESS, PHILANTHROPIST, AND 20TH CENTURY ACTIVIST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

10. During his lifetime, Percy Julian received more than 100 chemical patents 

According to a 2007 Congressional Record, Percy Julian proved himself to be a brilliant chemist. Among his many patents, the most notable are—a foam fire retardant, a treatment for glaucoma and a low-cost process to produce cortisone. His innovative approach to chemistry helped to make essential medicines more accessible to millions. Read more about Percy Julian and his influential son, who helped to make the civil rights laws passed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. era tools for justice, on govinfo.

  • PDF 153 Cong. Rec. E254 – HONORING THE LIFE OF PERCY LAVON JULIAN
  • PDF   154 Cong. Rec. E288 – IN TRIBUTE TO PERCY JULIAN, JR.

These are just a handful of the many African Americans who have made a difference. For more information about the achievements of African Americans in history, explore the many documents on govinfo.

Finding Aids at the American Heritage Center



Reposted from the American Heritage Center blog

Welcome to the American Heritage Center’s finding aids! What is a finding aid you ask? Finding aids are like a table of contents for the boxes of an archival collection. Finding aids help folks find out information about specific collections we have and what materials are contained in the collection. Archivists create these aids so researchers can figure out if the collection is related to their work.

As archivists finish processing the collection, they create the aids. But the AHC collections are ever growing and they’re always adding more ‘tables of contents.’ So the AHC thought they’d showcase what’s getting added so you know what their archivists are working on.

The strengths of the AHC collections include Wyoming and the American West, politics and public policy, ranching and energy, entertainment and popular culture, industry, transportation, and military history. The documents and archives they hold serve as raw data for scholarship and heritage work, and support thriving communities of place, identity, and interest in Wyoming and beyond.


Finding Aid Updates (from collections processed 12/14/18 – 1/31/19):

James Folger papers regarding the Cooksley sisters. The Cooksley sisters ranched and guided hunters near Kaycee, Wyoming.

Dale B. Fritz films about Afghanistan. Fritz was part of a University of Wyoming team that consulted on agriculture in Afghanistan.

Aviator Ernest E. Harmon. Harmon piloted the first airplane to fly around the rim of the continental United States in 1919.

Soil scientist Gerald Nielsen. Nielsen was part of the University of Wyoming team that worked in Afghanistan in the 1950s-1960s.

Agronomist Lee J. Fabricius and Patsy Fabricius. Patsy Fabricius was secretary for the University of Wyoming team that worked in Afghanistan in the 1950s-1960s.

Oil executive A.G. Setter. Setter was president of the New York Oil Company, which operated out of Casper, Wyoming, from 1918.

Petroleum industry executive W. Alton Jones. Jones was president of Cities Service Company.

Petroleum industry executive William H. Isom. Isom was president of Sinclair Refining Company.

Petroleum oil field worker J. Tom Wall. Wall’s nineteen-page narrative describes his experiences in the Salt Creek oilfields.

Oil prospector Leslie D. Welch. Welch was active in Wyoming and Montana in the 1910s and 1920s.

Martin G. Wenger’s Recollections of Robert Livermore. Wenger recalled a time of labor troubles in Telluride, Colorado, mines.

Oil promoter Robert S. Anderson. Anderson attempted to develop oil in Devil’s Basin, Montana, in 1916.

John H. Hull family papers (this collection has also been digitized and is available online). Correspondence, a memoir, and other documents of a soldier in the American Civil War and his Indiana family.


These and other AHC collections can be discovered in the University of Wyoming Libraries catalog. The AHC is open for walk-in research Mondays 10 am – 7 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays 8 am – 5 pm. For distance research assistance please contact our reference department at ahcref@uwyo.edu or 307-766-3756.

The AHC offers travel grants to help defray the costs of travel to Laramie for research. Travel grant applications are due by April 15, 2019.

The American Heritage Center hopes to make their finding aids a regular feature they’ll run on their blog every four to six weeks.

News in Brief



With the NASA Selfies app, you can share selfies in front of gorgeous cosmic landscapes, like Messier 78, imaged by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Each image contains information about the object shown.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

‘NASA Selfies’ and TRAPPIST-1 VR Apps Now Available
The universe is at your fingertips with two new digital products from NASA. The NASA Selfies app and NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions virtual reality app were created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The new NASA Selfies app lets you generate snapshots of yourself in a virtual spacesuit, posing in front of gorgeous cosmic locations, like the Orion Nebula or the center of the Milky Way galaxy. In NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions virtual reality app, VR users are taken on a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.

Digital Learning Day 2019 is February 28
Each year, states, districts, schools, and classrooms across the United States and around the world hold thousands of events to celebrate Digital Learning Day. If you’re planning to participate in Digital Learning Day 2019, you can add your event to the map and access promotional graphics.

Open Education Week is March 4-8
Founded in 2013 by the Open Education Consortium, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education.

ALA Launches New Advocacy Resources
Library advocates have new tools to make their case for support, thanks to the American Library Association. ALA launched a new and growing set of advocacy tools at ala.org/advocacy in January as part of the campaign “Libraries = Strong Communities” by ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo. American Libraries notes that “The concrete examples of storytelling, relationship building, and year-round advocacy are designed to encourage ALA members and library advocates to positively impact how community influencers and decision makers at all levels engage with libraries.”

Melinda Gates to Serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be honorary chair of National Library Week, April 7 – 13, 2019. Over the last 20 years, Gates has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to improve lives. “Libraries = Strong Communities” is the theme for this year’s celebration of National Library Week, reminding the public that libraries of all types serve as change agents that strengthen communities by supporting community engagement and providing services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

AASL Celebrates 2019 School Library Month with Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey, New York Times bestselling author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2019 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as open, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

American Library Association Announces 2019 Youth Media Award Winners
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in January in Seattle, Washington. The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. See the rest.

Find Free Resources from the STAR Library Network 
Explore fantastic ways to bring science, technology, and fun into your programs and services. STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals facilitate STEM learning for their patrons by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Be sure to check out the Summer of Space resources that align with this year’s summer reading theme.

Policy Brief: Public Libraries Engage Families in STEM
Although emerging research points to the strong influence of families on children’s growth and development, a focus on joint parent and child STEM learning is still nascent. This new policy brief from the Global Family Research Project examines how public libraries, with federal and state support, are creating STEM learning that brings together children and families across the K–12 years.

Take the Teaching with the Library of Congress Podcast Survey
School librarians — do you enjoy podcasts? Do you ever share ideas inspired by podcasts, or use tips you learn from podcasts, with students or colleagues? The Library of Congress’s Learning and Innovation Office is interested in learning from educators who work with learners of all ages (children and adults), in both formal and informal learning environments. Your input and perspectives will help shape content that is engaging, informative, thought-provoking, and useful, whether by podcast or other media.

Booklist Announces July 2019 as Graphic Novels in Libraries Month
July 2019 will be Booklist’s Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, an innovative, first-of-its-kind program through which the American Library Association’s review journal for public libraries will forge key partnerships between libraries and publishers while providing librarians with the tools they need to select, curate, and promote graphic titles for patrons of all ages. The program kicks off at the ALA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. (June 20–25).

The Magic of Finding New Donors
What’s the best way to find new donors and grow your library fundraising? According to CauseVox, “Community-driven fundraising leverages your current supporters’ social networks and connections for your organization. It transforms community members into supporters and supporters into advocates for your cause. It’s based on relationships instead of transactions.” Read the full article to learn how.

Registration Opens for AASL National Conference
Registration is now open for the 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, will bring together school librarians, administrators, authors, and exhibitors for in-depth learning and networking. AASL is also accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held on the Saturday of the conference.

Jump Start Kindergarten Resources from the ICFL
Sharing early literacy practices, such as Every Child Ready to Read’s five early literacy practices (“Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play”), the Jump Start Kindergarten program from the Idaho Commission for Libraries is an outreach activity that connects library staff with parents/caregivers of young children and emphasizes daily activities that will help children learn to read. While the program itself is specific to Idaho, they’ve compiled many resources to support early literacy and learning and give kids a ‘Jump Start.’

Hateful Conduct in Libraries: Supporting Library Workers and Patrons
From the ALA OIF: According to the American Library Association, “hate speech stops being just speech and becomes conduct when it targets a particular individual and includes behavior that interferes with a patron’s ability to use the library.” Recently the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Office of Intellectual Freedom collaborated on the development of a resource for library workers who have experienced hateful conduct and speech in their workspaces. Applicable for all library types, their guide can be used to help initiate conversations among staff and within local communities.

New Tutorial Webcasts in FDLP Academy
Six new govinfo webcasts are now available through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Academy. These webcasts are part of a new series of tutorials that offer users introductory guidance in navigating GPO’s govinfo, performing various types of searches, narrowing search results, browsing, and using Help features. Recordings are brief—from two to seven minutes in length. No prerequisite knowledge is required, and more webcasts will be posted and announced throughout 2019.

U.S. Ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty
President Donald J. Trump signed the documents for the U.S. to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled on January 28, 2019. The treaty allows limited copyright exceptions for the reproduction of published works in formats accessible to the blind and visually impaired. It is intended to reduce the global shortage of print materials in accessible formats for the many millions of persons who are blind, visually impaired, or have other print disabilities

Grant Opportunities



Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity
DEADLINE: March 16, 2019
Recognizes U.S. libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program
DEADLINE: March 31, 2019
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools, preschools, and libraries across the country, is putting out its annual call for proposals. Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
The Community Support Grant (CSG) is a competitive grant program for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in operating and project support (up to $12,000), arts education activities ($5,000), professional development ($1,000), programs involving folk and traditional arts (up to $1,000), outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000). Applicants who did not receive this grant last year may submit a draft for WAC staff review by March 1.

Native American Library Services Basic Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
One-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries. Grants may be used to buy library materials, fund salaries and training, provide internet connectivity and computers, or develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations, among other things.

American Heritage Center Travel Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2019
The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center offers travel grants of up to $750 each provide support for travel, food, and lodging to carry out research using the AHC’s collections.

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
DEADLINES: Online initial proposal, April 3, 2019; final proposals September 17, 2019
Intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 3, 2019
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Applicants do not need to be AASL members.

Fios.Verizon Technology Teacher Grant
DEADLINE: May 21, 2019
Eligible K-12 teachers may apply for a $1,000 grant to use toward the purchase of Virtual Reality (VR) equipment to use in the classroom. Write a brief lesson plan (500 word max. and must be written in English) that creatively details how you would use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in your classroom to enhance the education experience.

Explore HistoryMakers for Black History Month



As we explore black American history, add The HistoryMakers to your list. This database, found in the history resources in GoWYLD.net, is a curated collection of 100 persons interviewed by The HistoryMakers, with videos and complete transcripts. The people include represent a wide range of experiences, locations, occupations, and subjects. They are contemporary African Americans who have shaped modern history and made significant contributions to history, politics, education, law, arts, science, business, the military, and sports.

See all GoWYLD.net history resources, including The HistoryMakers.