Monthly Archives: March 2019

Free Library Continuing Education Events for April

site logoThe April 2019 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 82 webinars and five 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

Make 2019 a ‘Summer of Space’

The STAR Library Network has a Summer of Space/A Universe of Stories resource webpage for public libraries across the country. This resource was created in partnership with Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and NASA

From exciting events like CSLPs “A Universe of Stories,” to electrifying activities, and unparalleled resources, STAR Net’s Summer of Space resources will pave the way for your patrons to experience a space-themed, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program that is “out of this world”.

From NASA’s Night Sky Network of amateur astronomy clubs, to NASA’s Space Station Explorers program, STAR Net and its partners have curated some of the best programming resources, ideas, and collaborators to support and encourage libraries in their celebration of all that NASA and space science has to offer the next generation of space explorers. There are activity guides, makerspace ideas, and virtual reality excursions that bring space exploration down to Earth.

Not only are there activities such as A Strange New Planet, Crater Creations, and Trip to Mars  but STAR Net’s Summer of Space webpage also highlights NASA events around the U.S. to celebrate the 50th anniversary for the Apollo 11 Moon walk on July 20, 1969.  The University of Washington is organizing an engineering challenge for middle and high school students called ANGLeS (Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge). Student participants will build a replica of the lunar lander and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-12-foot map of the Moon’s surface. They will also be able to take some awesome moon selfies. The U.S. mint has already released commemorative coins celebrating the anniversary. And your library can be part of this momentous event by participating in STAR Net’s Summer of Space.

Library staff may ask how they can offer a strong space exploration program for their community. 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 such as online webinar opportunities. Whether you are new to STEM or are building on past experiences, STAR Net offers resources and collaborations to take lifelong STEM learning to new levels in your library.

By registering, libraries can join an online community to share ideas, support each other, and build community partnerships in their own backyards. They are empowered, guided, and encouraged by the STAR Net family to be community anchor organizations that have the potential to transform STEM education nationwide. For more information, please check out the Summer of Space webpage:

This free, federally-funded NASA program provides access to webinars, space exploration activities, as well as the chance to win various giveaways including telescopes, NASA tactile books, and science books from Scholastic. STAR Net is also working with CSLP on producing a series of Summer Learning Champion videos that libraries can use to promote their summer programs. These should be ready by the end of April.

Dav Pilkey PSA for School Library Month

School Library Month is coming up in April, and a new video featuring Dav Pilkey, the worldwide bestselling creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). In the video, Pilkey speaks to how “reading without judgment” was a turning point in his life. School librarian professionals and advocates for school libraries are encouraged to download and share the video throughout their communities in celebration of School Library Month.

“Growing up with learning challenges in school after being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, I’ve been fortunate to have had the encouragement and support of my parents who helped me to associate reading with fun,” Pilkey said. “I have fond memories of going to the library with my mom who had a radical idea—she let me pick whatever book I wanted to read. I read lots of books and magazines that made me laugh out loud, which led me to discover many other books in different genres. Reading without judgment was a turning point in my life and that is what made me a lifelong reader.”

Pilkey first created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants in the second grade. The series, published by Scholastic, now has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 28 languages. His latest character, Dog Man, is a number-one global bestselling series, with more than 23 million copies in print worldwide and translations available in more than 27 languages. Pilkey is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book.

This year’s theme is “Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.” Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

LRCC 2019 Fall Literacy Conference Call for Proposals

The University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic’s (LRCC) Fall Literacy Conference for teachers around the state, “Equity and Literacy Instruction” will take place September 20-21, 2019, at UW in Laramie, Wyoming. The cost for the conference is $35, and registration will open June 5.

Keynote speakers are Elizabeth Dutro, professor and chair of literacy studies at University of Colorado Boulder, and Ernest Morrell, Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and the Inaugural Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. Download the “Save the Date!” flyer to learn more about the speakers and the slate of children’s authors scheduled to appear.

A Call for Proposals to present at the conference is open until May 1; applicants will be notified by June 5. Concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes in length and should be interactive in nature. Topics should focus on literacy instruction that promotes equity. The primary audience is K-12 teachers. Preference will be given to proposals that align with this theme.

Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) renewal credit will be available to Wyoming certified teachers as well as UW’s EDCI 5959 credit for only $50.00.

Today is National Assistive Technology Awareness Day

Recently, the U.S. Senate designated today, March 27, 2019, as “National Assistive Technology Awareness Day” (S. Res. 103).

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, tool, or adaptation that supports a person when participating in everyday activities. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish or had great difficulty. Assistive technology is more common than it may sound — it can be something as simple as magnifiers or reading glasses.

In addition to designating the date, the Senate commended “assistive technology specialists and program coordinators for their hard work and dedication to serving people with disabilities who are in need of finding the proper assistive technology to meet their individual needs; and professional organizations and researchers who are dedicated to facilitating the access and acquisition of assistive technology for people with disabilities and older adults in need of assistive technology devices.”

AT supports independence; increases self-confidence, reading comprehension, and reading ability; and enhances access to library resources. Every day, libraries help people with assistive tech. They provide mobile carts, wheelchairs, magnifying and reading glasses for use in their buildings; offer a variety of eBooks, audiobooks, large print materials, and electronic databases; assist users with computers, eBook devices, and more; and visit patrons in their homes, daycares, schools, and other institutions. The Wyoming State Library works with the Talking Books program for those unable to read regular print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities.

The WSL has partnered with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming to make assistive technology more available and widely known throughout the state. Questions about AT in your library? Visit the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources website or contact Tekla Slider, WSL Federal Documents Librarian, at or (307) 777-6955.

Job Opening: Wyoming State Archivist

The Wyoming State Archives is seeking a motivated candidate to guide the agency into the next decade. The State Archives’ strengths include 15 FTE staff, a digital repository in place for over five years, a records management program using a functional approach to records scheduling, a robust scanning program, strong collections documenting state and local government, as well as a small but rich manuscript collection. If you have experience in managing digital records, working with a variety of external stakeholders, managing a small to medium staff – and great ideas for our State Archives, they want to hear from you!

See the job announcement.

The State Archivist reports to the head of Cultural Resources, one of two divisions within the State Parks and Cultural Resources agency. The Wyoming State Archivist chairs the State Records Advisory Board and the State Records Committee. He or she oversees 15 full time staff and an annual budget of $2,885,400 for the Wyoming State Archives. The state’s digital repository, the Wyoming Digital Archives, is also managed by the State Archivist.

The State Archives collects, manages, preserves, and makes available Wyoming state public records that have long term administrative, legal, and historical value. These records document the history of our state and the activities of Wyoming’s government offices. The Archives also collects non-government records that contribute to an understanding of the state’s history. Records Management staff provide assistance to state and local government agencies for the efficient and economical management of records. State Imaging Center services feature digitization of records for preservation, access, and space saving purposes.

2019 Indian Paintbrush Award-Winners Named

The 2019 Indian Paintbrush Awards have been announced More than 900 Wyoming students in grades 4-6 voted on these as their favorites for the year:

  • Winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • First runner up: Restart by Gordon Korman
  • Second runner up: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

Money Smart Week Begins March 30

Financial issues are a constant in our lives. They change as they reflect milestones in our lives. At every stage in life, we are faced with financial issues, whether it means spending our allowance wisely, obtaining loans for college, applying for a mortgage or saving for retirement.

From March 30-April 6, 2019, more than 1,000 of our nation’s libraries will hold events for Money Smart Week® — and there’s still time to add yours. Library events will focus on such diverse financial issues as first-time home buying, obtaining renovation loans, preparing a personal spending plan, the property tax appeal process, evaluating financial aid packages, choosing the proper Medicare plan and the basics of wills and trusts. Libraries are also offering programs that week on options for tax-free savings and charitable tax strategies.

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The American Library Association (ALA) is among several Money Smart Week National Champions.

The ALA provides such online resources as “Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Guide for Building Collections: General Personal Financial Information,” a guide created by the association’s Office for Research & Evaluation and funded by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

It includes listings of books, databases and websites. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a national partner in Money Smart Week, has provided free posters, bookmarks and other resources to libraries.

For more information, visit


Wyoming Innovations Call for Proposals

Calling all school librarians! The Wyoming Innovations in Learning conference is putting out a call for proposals.

The third annual Wyoming Innovations in Learning conference is set for November 6-8, 2019 in Gillette. The conference is an opportunity for educators to share and explore innovative teaching and learning practices for classrooms and distance learning environments, from kindergarten through higher education.

The Innovations conference seeks presenters from all fields who wish to contribute their ideas and experiences to inspire educators and bring best teaching practices to K-20 learning. Session proposals will be accepted through May 3, 2019. Selected presenters will be notified of their inclusion in the conference by May 31, 2019.

Submit a session proposal.

This conference is hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC), the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming community colleges, and school libraries.

For more information, contact Wyoming State Library School Library Consultant Paige Bredenkamp at or (307) 777-6331, or contact Robin Grandpre at or (307) 777-5315.