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WSL Reference Desk is Open



Have a tough research or reference question? Never fear! Our expert librarians here at the Wyoming State Library love to do detective work.

Although the Wyoming State Library is temporarily closed to the public, State Library staff continue to be available for your information needs. For more information, contact Karen Kitchens, State Publications Librarian at (307) 777-7281 or email statelibrary@wyo.gov

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grants



Wyoming academic and public libraries are invited to apply for funding to support a workforce development program in their library. The American Library Association and Google have provided $8,000 to the Wyoming State Library to fund these awards. Libraries that receive funding will:

  • Implement or expand a program or series of programs for
    • jobseekers to prepare for or find work and/or
    • small businesses or entrepreneurs to grow online.
  • Conduct programming between May 1 and August 1.
  • Use at least one GoWYLD.net resource found in the Business and/or Job & Career Support subject sections.
  • Use at least one of the Grow with Google resources for jobseekers and/or small businesses.

Libraries may also use their own resources, resources provided by the Wyoming State Library, or the Public Library Association’s DigitalLearn.org program.

Download the full grant guidelines. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

Funds may be used for anything the library determines is necessary to continue or expand services and programs related to workforce development. Examples of ways funds may be used include, but are not limited to: marketing and outreach materials to advertise your programs, program materials and refreshments provided to participants, a stipend to program facilitators, bus passes for participants, or vouchers for professional headshots for LinkedIn accounts. Funds may not be spent on overhead, staff salaries, building materials, or capital works.

Grant funds will be reimbursed after the program(s) take place unless other arrangements have been made.

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of April 6



Free, online, continuing education events for the week of April 6 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 MDT

Tuesday, Apr 7 (10-11 am)
Trusted Health Information Resources for Your Community (Washington State Library)
Join Michele Spatz, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Community Engagement Coordinator, as she talks about when it comes to health information, there is a lot of noise out there but there is also help. Evidence-based health resources (and how to tell); shares a few key evidence-based health websites/resources (including evidenced-based coronavirus information) and touches on disaster planning information for libraries.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-12:45 pm)
What’s Working in the COVID-19 Response Using GIS (GovLoop)
Geographic information systems (GIS) is helping communities make more data-driven decisions, allocate much-needed resources, and keep the public informed during the coronavirus outbreak. Join us online to learn the steps to applying GIS for public health preparedness. The content will cover the repeatable patterns state and local governments are using to prioritize at-risk populations, ensure testing sites are accurately placed, food drop-off locations are publicized, and more.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Managing Remote Workers (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Join Martin House, Assistant Director for Public Services at Central Piedmont Community College and incoming chair of ACRL’s Community and Junior College Libraries Section, and Cinthya Ippoliti, University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library at University of Colorado Denver and Director-at-Large on ACRL’s Board of Directors, for tips, strategies, and discussion on effective ways to manage a suddenly remote library workforce.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Full-Spectrum Literacy with Kate Brunner (Colorado State Library)
Libraries have a long history of supporting children’s print literacy development. Now, as we move further into the 21st century, the concept of literacy and the learning demands on young children seem to be expanding. Technology, emotional intelligence, communication, executive function, citizenship, cultural competence, and more are becoming significant parts of a young child’s early education. Join us in exploring literacy through a wider lens as we begin thinking deeply about what this means for children & families, as well as, formal & informal caregivers in our library communities.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (12-1 pm)
Open Educational Resources — Build a Lesson Using Free Government Resources (Federal Depository Library Program)
An Education Information Librarian, a Government Documents Librarian, and an Instructional Designer will show participants how to create an Open Educational Resource (OER) lesson using Government documents. Learn about open pedagogy approaches that can be applied to a variety of disciplines as presenters demonstrate building a lesson about an aspect of World War II. These approaches can be used to encourage teachers at any level to integrate OER and primary source materials into classes.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-1:30 pm)
How Your Librarian Can Support Teachers During School Closures (Follett)
These are unprecedented times. Educators, students and families are grappling to do their best to keep children engaged and progressing academically. The sudden shift to teaching remotely has teachers searching for curriculum-aligned resources and their footing. Where to turn in a time like this? Your school librarian! They have expertise in research, digital learning, curation and can recommend the best resources. Join us for this 30-minute webinar to get tools for you and for your families. Learn new ways to leverage the expertise of your school librarian. Part 1 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy (edWeb.net)
Join this edWebinar to get to know amazing picture books, learn engaging questioning strategies for students, and consider talking points for professionals—all aimed at building students’ social-emotional strength. Access a handout with classroom-ready resources to support social-emotional learning.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1-2 pm)
Teaching Civic Ideals through Primary Sources (Library of Congress)
What do Civics and primary sources have to do with one another? Everything! This interactive session demonstrates how the use of primary sources can offer students specific examples of civic principles highlighting how a civic ideal has been tested, interpreted, and applied throughout American history. Attendees will apply strategies to analyze primary sources using a civics lens, discuss how to adapt and modify those strategies to use in their own classrooms, and learn practical tips to find materials and resources to teach civic ideals.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (1:30-2 pm)
Supporting Librarians During School Closures: Find the Help You Need for Your School and Yourself! (Follett)
During this time of uncertainty, everyone needs support to do the best job possible and help students continue to learn. While librarians are often called upon to support others in their school or district, they too need support. Join author, librarian/teacher, and education consultant Shannon McClintock Miller as she explores ways the librarian can ensure they’re being as useful as possible but also getting the support they need. Don’t miss this essential webinar to get encouragement and tips on how to take care of yourself and your own family too! Part 2 of 2.

Tuesday, Apr 7 (5-7 pm)
Engage & Inspire with Visual Essays (TeachersFirst)
Integrating visual and written content can increase the impact of the writing that your students do. As students learn to use imagery to illustrate critical points in an argument or visualize the action in a storyline, they become better communicators. Join this session and help your students develop the ability to communicate clearly and creatively. Model and nurture creative expression while providing a new way for your students to reflect on what they have learned.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (7 am-3 pm)
Middle Grade Magic 2020 (School Library Journal).
A day-long program of author panels, in-depth conversations, and keynote talks will keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (9-10 am)
How to Add Movement to Library Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)
This session will focus on easy techniques you can use to add movement to programs for all ages. From a mini dance party between stories to instance recess for adults, regular ten minute activity breaks have been identified by researchers and policy makers as effective ways to advance public health. Here you’ll learn exercise, routines, playlists, and games that you can use to quickly and effectively incorporate activity breaks into programs at your library.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (10-11 an)
Play Games, Role-Play, Drama and Movement Activities to Build the Brain (Ablenet)
Play games to hook young learners onto learning and create a joyful learning environment. Games, role-play, drama and movement activities are not only highly engaging and fun for children but they help to build their brains, strengthen attention, self-regulation and social skills of young learners. They also help to reduce their stress levels. This webinar session will discuss how to use a variety of games and role-play activities in early childhood and elementary settings and how to link them with instructional content (language, math and science vocabulary and concepts).

Wednesday, Apr 8 (11-12 pm)
COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Library for the Unexpected (SirsiDynix)
Join Eric Keith from SirsiDynix as he reviews resources for libraries about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we are working to curate the most up-to-date content in an effort to help keep you informed.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Coronavirus Frauds and Scams: What You Need to Know (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will discuss the frauds and scams that play on fears surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The presenter will explain the scammers’ lures, warning signs of scams in general, and how to avoid them. We’ll also touch on other prevalent scams, frauds related to charitable giving in times of crisis, and how to donate wisely.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
A good position description can make the recruitment and placement of volunteers so much easier, but this foundation component of a program is often overlooked or put into a folder and never used. This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants – Live Webinar (GrantSpace)
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
The National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun! (National Girls Collaborative Project)
Join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math, their own stories, their insights into the math behind the way the world works — and share enticing details about the upcoming 2021 National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation’s capital to represent NGCP at the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021. We will also hear from Kirsten Bohl of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI); she coordinates the many moving parts of the National Math Festival.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1 pm)
Building Your Nonprofit’s Communications Engine (Bloomerang)
The Nonprofit Communications Engine is a framework designed to help nonprofit leaders build, refine, and optimize their organization’s ability to communicate effectively. Based on Sarah Durham’s new book, “The Nonprofit Communications Engine: A leader’s guide to managing mission-driven marketing and communications”, this session is for nonprofit leaders who need to set clearer goals, build a stronger team, and manage communications in their organization so it truly advances the mission. You’ll learn a scalable theory that you can apply to your organization immediately.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (12-1:30 pm)
Using Mindfulness With Children of All Abilities to Keep Connections Strong (Early Childhood Investigations)
During this webinar, we’ll explore how all caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) can embed mindfulness into their daily routines and activities to meet the needs of children, including those who are on IEPs and/or who may struggle with self-regulation skills (e.g., attention, interaction, recall). We’ll discuss how to differentiate and promote integration between a child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. We’ll explore the zone of optimal learning and how to extend it for all children.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (1-2 pm)
Public and School Libraries: Creative Ways to Build Successful Partnerships (Web Junction)
Join this webinar to explore how public and school libraries can initiate collaborative relationships and the types of programming that can benefit from these partnerships. Learn how to market or publicize your services to teachers and school librarians, and identify the best times of year to communicate with local schools.

Wednesday, Apr 8 (2:30-3:30 pm)
Making the Ask (Firespring)
One of the most uncomfortable parts of fundraising is asking for money. Join Kelly Medwick, Firespring’s chief business development officer, to learn how to overcome the challenges of asking for fundraising dollars.

Thursday, Apr 9 (9-10 am)
Orientation to Legal Research Webinar Series: Tracing Federal Regulations (Library of Congress)
This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation’s docket.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Online Classroom Success (Pattern Research)
How can you feel more competent and confident, and less stressful, while participating in online courses? Find what experienced online students do to keep on track and get the work done, while balancing physical and emotional well-being.

Thursday, Apr 9 (11-12 pm)
Mental Health and Public Libraries (SirsiDynix)
Join us for this webinar as Joseph Miesner discusses:How Mental Health First Aid provides better understanding of mental illnesses and encourages empathy for those who are suffering; How to help staff create a “tool kit” of techniques to better assist patrons who are experiencing mental health issues; Ways to bring additional services to your library through partnerships.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Dispatches from the Field: Advocacy Best Practices with Jeremy Johannesen and Megan Cusick (Association for Library Service to Children)
Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of the New York Library Association, and Megan Cusick, ALA PPA, Assistant Director for State Advocacy, share practical tips for advocates of all experience levels. Based on their extensive knowledge in the field, Johannesen and Cusick regale viewers with real-life examples of advocacy at its best.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
No Budget? No Problem! How to Stock your Library with Free Government Publications (Federal Depository Library Program)
Do you want fun, informative resources for your library? Do you have zero budget to buy materials? If you said yes, this webinar is for you! Join us to explore several agencies to discover posters, games, coloring pages, books, bookmarks, and more – all FREE. We’ll start with the basics: ordering from Pueblo, Colorado; and then finish with the complicated but do-able: ordering from smaller agencies.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Public Library Association)
In times of uncertainty, self-care needs to be a top priority. Library managers need to be thinking of the well-being of their staff, and staff need to be thinking of the well-being of their patrons. How do we manage stress and working with an anxious public during these difficult times? In this webinar, participants will hear from members of the PLA Social Worker Task Force on ways to approach self-care, prioritize well-being, and manage stress and anxiety. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions. Part 3 of 4.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
Preparing Community College Students with Research Skills for a Lifetime (Library Journal)
Community colleges equip students with essential research skills for today’s world, and language and literature programs are a critical component of the community college curriculum. The MLA Committee on Community Colleges, supporting teaching and scholarship in 2-year-college modern language departments, presents a variety of resources that community colleges can use. One such tool is the free online course to teach students how to conduct research using the MLA International Bibliography. For tips from the course creators and a faculty member who has integrated the course into the community college curriculum, please join this webinar.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1 pm)
How to Bring Your Live or In-Person Events Online (TechSoup)
Are you facing the possibility of having to cancel or postpone your next forum or fundraising event? We’ve got you covered. Joe DiGiovanni and Kyle Barkins, co-founders of the marketing and technology agency, Tapp Network, will walk you through the process of migrating your in-person event online. From communications strategies to choosing the right technology, Joe and Kyle will present on how to use what you’ve already created, and what needs to be done to make a successful virtual event.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12-1:30 pm)
Incorporating an Equity Lens into Your Hiring Practices (GrantSpace)
In this webinar, we will explore best practices and specific tools for both getting crystal clear in how you are shaping a role so that it is explicit and sets candidates up for success as well as how you are taking an anti-bias approach to your interviewing and candidate evaluation.

Thursday, Apr 9 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Self-Care During a Pandemic (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
A key part of life in a pandemic, social distancing, creates its own challenges to our mental and emotional well-being. Join us for this special Info2Go! session to discuss practical strategies for coping while social distancing, how self-care can improve our overall well-being, and identify ways to prevent burnout during this unusual time.

Thursday, Apr 9 (1-2 pm)
eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic (edWeb.net)
In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA will collaborate with teachers that have extensive experience teaching online to share tips for best practices for online learning. Teachers are being asked to transform the way they teach and to meet diverse learning needs, and they need support. Join this edWebinar to hear from experienced teachers, ask questions, and share your examples as we all work to support students in this time of need.

Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams



Adapted and reposted from the Colorado Virtual Library

In these troubling times, most of us have come together to (at least virtually!) support each other and our communities. But unfortunately, wide-scale crises tend to bring out those who would try to exploit the situation for their own gain. Scams to be aware of include financial fraud, healthcare scams, and charity scams.

According to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, scammers seek to get your personal financial or healthcare information, credit card information, Social Security number, or are seeking to sell you a false product. Below are some of the top COVID-related scams the department is warning people about.

Banking/Financial Services Scams

Bank Deposit Seizures: Claims or assertions that consumer-insured bank deposits can be legally seized by banks is false. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) last week demanded Newsmax media “stop and correct its misleading advertising that falsely claims consumers’ FDIC-insured deposits are at risk of forfeiture” from a precious metals trader, Monetary Gold of Woodland Park, California. Federal law is clear that in the unlikely event of a bank failure, customers’ insured deposits would be fully protected up to the $250,000 limit.

Fake Calls from the Feds: Calls posing as employees from federal agencies, such as the FDIC, who ask for sensitive information like your Social Security number and bank account information, are scams. The FDIC or any other agency would never make unsolicited phone calls.

Student Loans: Calls or emails advising you that COVID-19 will have an impact on your student loans, urging you to contact a specific number or visit a website to determine your new payment, are likely a scam. These calls seek to gain your personal information, even when they call or email from what they claim to be your own bank. If you need to verify or have questions about your loan, contact your financial institution with a phone number or email you’ve independently verified.

Investment scams: Scammers may call regarding money-making opportunities by investing in certain products or services of publicly traded companies that claim to prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19.

Employment scams: According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), employment scams may kick into high gear surrounding the current COVID-19-related employment crisis. Read BBB’s tips for avoiding employment scams.

Healthcare Scams

Fake Test Kits: COVID-19 test kits are not for sale. Any advertisement or call you receive that claims to offer free testing kits, asking for your personal information or health insurance details, is a scam. At high risk to this scam are those considered more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications, including diabetics, those on Medicare or Medicaid, and individuals over 60.

Threats to Treat Coronavirus: Reports are coming out of callers who pose as healthcare providers claiming they are treating a relative for COVID-19 and demanding immediate payment for treatment or threatening legal action if you don’t pay.

Other

Charity Scams: With all the relief efforts taking place right now, you may receive calls or emails from fake charities. Scams like these disrupt legitimate charitable efforts, so if you receive any calls or emails to send cash donations by wire transfer or by gift card, this is a scam. If you want to donate to a specific charity, go directly to the organization’s website or call them in order to make direct donation arrangements.

Fake Online Stores: Scammers may create fake stores that appear in your social media feeds, the websites you visit, and via email addresses. They claim to sell medical supplies, test kits, cures or products that currently are in high demand. These fake stores may even use images of similar items or products you have searched for online. If you fall for a fake digital storefront and use your credit card for the “purchase,” contact your credit card company immediately.

Phishing, Malware and Apps: Phishing and malware scams are used to gain access to your computer or to steal your credentials. Prevent loading malicious software or downloading apps by never clicking on an unsolicited email or text from a company or organization before verifying the source, even if initially the source appears trustworthy or legitimate. For example, scammers may pose as national and global health authorities, or your financial institutions, and send emails and texts designed to trick you into downloading malware or providing your personal and financial information. Additionally, do not download apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19. It may be a front to gain access to your personal information. Stick to visiting the official websites to get information and data regarding COVID-19.

The Bottom Line

Be overly cautious of emails, texts, apps, advertisements or social media posts that may be selling fake products or information about emerging coronavirus cases. Learn to recognize numbers, emails and texts that may be spoofs, and avoid engaging scam callers by promptly hanging up. Learn more about how to prevent, recognize, and report fraud and scams by visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Stop Fraud Colorado.

Find links to sources and more information on the Colorado Virtual Library blog.

Adapted from an article by Amy Zimmer, Technical Services Librarian at the Colorado State Publications Library.

Online Training ‘At Your Leisure’



In addition to the live webinars in our training calendar, each month we try to pick some videos out there that you can watch “At Your Leisure.” These on-demand offerings caught our attention for April:

Earn a Health Information Specialization



Here’s a way you can bolster your library resume while safe at home: Obtain a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from the Medical Library Association in a month by taking online courses provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Courses are available for free to any library staff member interested in providing reliable consumer health information to their patrons. Obtain your Level I or II certification by taking these classes:

See the full CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan.

Questions? Contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or (801) 581-5242.

News in Brief



American Library Association Cancels 2020 Annual Conference Due to COVID-19
The American Library Association’s Executive Board has announced that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled due to the COVID-19 epidemic. 2020 will mark the first time in 75 years that ALA has not held an Annual Conference. The last cancellation took place in 1945 as World War II neared its end.

United for Libraries Temporarily Opens Online Discussion Forums to Non-Members
As part of the broad American Library Association effort to provide resources to library communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, United for Libraries is currently making its online discussion forums accessible to non-members. United for Libraries’ four online discussion forums allow Trustees, Friends, statewide Friends groups, and Foundation staff/board members, and library employees who work with them, to share tips, ask questions, get advice, and more.

Our Planet: Earth Campaign from STAR Net
April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The STAR Net team is celebrating this momentous occasion with the Our Planet: Earth Campaign, focusing on citizen science and earth-science opportunities during the whole month of April. Register to access the newsletter, curated website, a chance to win books, and more!

Call for Proposals for “Small, Rural and Independent Libraries” Online Conference
Submit your proposal for the Library 2.020 free, online conference, “Small, Rural and Independent Libraries.” This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries–as well as the many unique challenges that they face. Deadline is May 29, but slots may fill before then, so get your proposal in early.

Free Display Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Didn’t get a “Rightfully Hers” pop-up display from the National Archives? More are available! The display contains simple messages exploring the sometimes complex history of the 19th amendment’s ratification, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th amendment, and its impact today.

Summer Reading 2020 with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading. NNLM developed seven new fun and interactive health programs to support this year’s summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” The health programs are free and easily accessible.

Report Offers Strategies for Public Libraries to Respond to the Opioid Crisis
OCLC and the Public Library Association (PLA) have issued “Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis,” a report that offers tested strategies to consider as libraries determine local responses to the nationwide public health emergency. The call to action encourages public libraries to evaluate local health data, seek community partners, educate staff and community members on the issue, consider the need for staff care, and offer programs and services that support local needs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 130 people die every day from an opioid overdose.

New SchoolSafety.gov Provides Cyber Guidance for K-12 Schools
The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse just launched its website, SchoolSafety.gov. This website — a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services — features a fact sheet on Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and School Districts. The fact sheet provides guidance to educators, administrators, parents, and law enforcement officials on various online threats to students, including cyberbullying, ransomware, and online predation.

Help Build the 2021 AASL National Conference
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library professionals to help plan programming for the 2021 AASL National Conference. Professionals are asked to submit topics needed for professional development during the conference, taking place in October 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learning at the conference will be organized around the Shared Foundations of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries and topics can be shared in these categories at national.aasl.org/crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Explore State Archives Digital Resources



The Wyoming State Archives has put together its own “Stuck at Home” page that puts their digital resources at your fingertips from your home computer. On it, you can:

  • Ask an archivist by phone or email
  • Read the Wyoming Postcripts blog
  • Browse thousands of historical photographs
  • Read Wyoming newspapers
  • Explore maps of Wyoming and its municipalities
  • Listen to oral history interviews
  • Read accounts from the WPA Federal Writers Project files
  • Delve into history topics from women’s suffrage to historic buildings
  • Access the Wyoming Blue Book, your one stop for the history of state government
  • Enter the GoWYLD.net databases for home access to Ancestry Library and more

Find all these resources on the Wyoming State Archives’ website.

Free Virtual Event: Middle Grade Magic



Join School Library Journal for their Middle Grade Magic virtual summit, a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 and beyond! This free, completely virtual conference takes place on Wednesday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDT. CE credits will be available.

Learn more and register.

Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens and have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Can’t make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months.

Grant Opportunities



Wyoming Community Foundation COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
DEADLINE: Ongoing while funds are available
The WYCF Response and Recovery Fund will provide resources to nonprofits and other organizations directly supporting vulnerable residents and families in Wyoming. In this first phase, they are prioritizing organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 10, 2020
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).

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grant
DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
Wyoming Academic and Public Libraries are invited to apply for funding to support a workforce development program in their library. Libraries that receive funding will implement or expand a program or series of programs for jobseekers to prepare for or find work and/or small businesses or entrepreneurs to grow online. Programming is to be conducted between May 1 and August 1.

U.S. Bank Work Grants
DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
Funds organizations that provide training for small business development, as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels, to ensure they have the capability to gain employment that supports individuals and their families. Financial literacy programs are eligible for funding. Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a municipal entity.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is May 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than July 1, 2020.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
These grants provide support to Wyoming librarians and publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas: education and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Two grant deadlines annually in June and December. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services Awards & Scholarships
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
ABOS sponsors six awards: the John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award, the Carol Hole Conference Attendance Award, the Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, the ABOS Rising Stars Award, the ABOS Innovation in Outreach Programming Award, and the Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award. All award winners will be notified by August 25. Questions may be directed to David Kelsey, 2020 ABOS Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair, awards@abos-outreach.com