Category Archives: GoWYLD

Practice for Wyoming Driver License Tests Online



Wyoming has a powerful online tool for those learning the rules of the road. The Driving-Tests platform includes a variety of online practice tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver license (CDL). The service is free to all Wyoming residents through GoWYLD.net, enabling aspiring drivers to prepare for their WYDOT written tests anywhere, anytime.

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) and Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) have partnered with Driving-Tests to provide the platform and to promote its use at WYDOT locations throughout the state. Driving-Tests will provide support to WSL and the platform’s Wyoming users.

The State Library has distributed promotional materials to WYDOT offices to raise awareness of the service. “I had a client struggling with CDL tests for a long time,” said Jessica Goostree, a WYDOT driving test examiner. “I gave him one of those posters and he said it helped a lot. He ended up passing the tests that day.”

The Driving-Tests platform is one of the many online resources made available by the Wyoming State Library through GoWYLD.net. With any Wyoming public or community college library card, the state’s residents have free online access to ebooks and audiobooks, Chilton’s car repair manuals, test preparation, magazine and journal databases, language learning, and more. Contact your local library for more information.

Featured in GoWYLD: National Geographic Kids



To kick off 2019, let’s take a look at National Geographic Kids. This beautiful resource for children ages 6-14 includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos, and pictures. Explore topics including animals, the environment, people and cultures, history, science and technology, and places.

Check out the downloadable resources and don’t forget to register for the upcoming webinar.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Announcing WYLDcat Mobile



The new mobile app for WYLDcat was released in both the Android and Apple app stores over the holidays:

With WYLDcat Mobile, you can:

  • Login with your library card and PIN to see your library’s version of the app
  • Search materials in your library or find digital materials such as ebooks and audiobooks
  • Renew materials and place holds
  • Find links to your library’s social media
  • View your virtual library card and link additional cards to your account (e.g. family members)
  • Scan a barcode to look up an item in the app
  • Optional features may vary by library, including calendars of library events and other links of local interest
  • Find library branches nearby. This feature displays information about the library including hours and a map link to get directions

The app has versions for each public library system and the community colleges. Users logging in with K12 or special library cards will see a generic version of the app.

Learn more about the features available on the Wyoming State Library website and download the getting started guide.

Featured in GoWYLD: CultureGrams



Thirty-one days left in the year. 2018 is rapidly approaching its conclusion and if you’re like most of us, the year has gone by in a blur.

For our December GoWYLD mini-marketing kit, we thought it might be nice to feature something a little different for the Christmas season. Kids know all about the history associated with Santa Claus, so why not encourage them to take a look at the tastes and traditions of other cultures?

Take a spin through CultureGrams and while you’re exploring, check out the festive recipes included for each country, state, and province. For example:

  • Jamaica: Christmas Cake
  • New Zealand: Pavlova
  • Slovakia: Buchty
  • Zambia: Pineapple Chutney
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Figgy Duff with Molasses Coady

And don’t forget to check out the downloadable resources. It’s all good stuff.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.

If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

GoWYLD for National STEM/STEAM Day



Today is National STEM/STEAM Day, highlighting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics and encouraging young people to explore these fields.

It’s easy to “STEAM it UP” with GoWYLD.net resources, as the Wyoming State Library’s Chris Van Burgh and Paige Bredenkamp explore in this video from our training archives:

This tour of databases includes:

  • SIRS Discoverer – An award-winning general reference resource for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9. Includes several hundred nonfiction reference books.
  • BookFlix – A literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks.
  • Zinio Digital Magazines (now RB Digital) – more than 100 full content magazines. Please note: the Ask magazine featured in the video is no longer available, but you may wish to explore National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Little Kids, or the numerous magazines for adults focused on science.
  • Science in Context (Gale) – An engaging online experience for those seeking information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Science in Context merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, and more. Supports high school curricula and university coursework.
  • Britannica Library – Find information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. Content includes learning materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features. Britannica School offers content targeted towards varying grade levels.

You can find even more on the Science & Technology database topic page and in our Research Guide to Science Sources in GoWYLD.net. Access to all the GoWYLD.net databases is available free for every Wyoming resident, both in your local library and remotely.

Featured in GoWYLD: Native American Heritage Month



There’s always a lot going on in November, from Thanksgiving, to Veteran’s Day, to the annual struggle to adapt to daylight savings time. And of course, November marks the beginning of the holidays and the associated shopping chaos.

This month let’s honor the first Americans and observe Native American Heritage Month. Gale makes it easy by supplying a number of ready-made, free, downloadable resources. Along with their informative database collections, these items will help you to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Find links to all resources.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.

If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Featured GoWYLD Resource: Pronunciator



For October’s featured GoWYLD.net database resource, let’s have some fun learning a new language. Brought to you in partnership with The University of Wyoming, the WSL is pleased to showcase Pronunciator, where you can learn any language, in virtually any other language! Best of all, this amazing resource is developed and managed by a Wyoming company! That’s cool, right?

View the resource page, and get started with Pronunciator.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.

If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Featured GoWYLD Resource: Arts Databases



The end of summer is nigh, which means cooler weather and football are back, it’s hurricane season on the east coast of the United States, and it’s time for us to begin preparing for another Wyoming winter.

Notable celebrations in September include Ask a Stupid Question DayBanned Books Week, and several national food “holidays,” most of which are recorded here.

For September, we’re spotlighting ProQuest Arts Databases, available at GoWYLD.net, Wyoming’s source for premium online library resources. If you’ve never checked out this vast collection of informative material aimed at art students, historians, and creative types, you’re missing out. Search 21 databases for information about art, architecture, music, fashion design, cinema studies, philosophy, and other disciplines within the humanities.

View the resource page, and visit the Proquest arts databases to learn more.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.

If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Upcoming Webinar Features Bookflix



Bookflix is a literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related ebooks. Animation, audio, and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills. Join Chris Van Burgh for a look at this terrific resource for public libraries, school, and home.

The free webinar will take place this Thursday, September 20, at 11:15 a.m. MDT.

Register now.

Bookflix is one of the many resources found in GoWYLD.net, available free to all Wyoming residents.

Featured GoWYLD Resource: Britannica School



August of 2018 is upon us and it’s time to go Back to School With Britannica.

This month we’re focused on the end-of-summer ritual that is “Back to School.” Students are returning to class this month, and to help kids in your community get back in the swing of things, we’re spotlighting the informative GoWYLD.net database resource, Britannica School. Students of all ages can explore articles about famous people & places, get homework help in various subjects, discover maps, photos, & illustrations for school assignments, and complete research projects by accessing multiple resources in a single place.

View the resource page, and visit Britannica School to help students prepare for a successful school year.

Libraries should have received their mini-marketing kit by email to promote this resource to patrons. You can also find the kit on our web page under Information for Librarians.

If you would like to be either added to or removed from our monthly email list for the mini-marketing kits, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.