Category Archives: GoWYLD

Today in GoWYLD History: Amelia Earhart’s Birthday



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CIRCA 1963: A used postage stamp from the USA celebrating American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart circa 1963.Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and to fly solo from Hawaii to California. While she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane disappeared in the South Pacific.

You can find a fascinating biography from Explorers & Discoverers of the World in Biography (Gale In Context) a resource in GoWYLD.net.

Amelia and her husband, George Palmer Putnam, visited Wyoming. He wrote an article about their trip, “Out of the Limelight’s Range.” It appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Sept 9, 1934. Included in the article is a delightful photo of the owner of the Double Dee outside of Meeteetse, Carl Dunrud, cutting Amelia’s hair. It seems as if they found a little slice of heaven here in our beautiful state. “For this country of Carl’s had a wondrous wealth of beauty and health and a fine remote restfulness which we loved.”

You can find this article in Historical Newspapers from ProQuest. From GoWYLD.net, under P, select ProQuest Newspapers. A search for Amelia Earhart will result in almost 89,000 records! So, use the limiters on the left to focus your search. For example, select Historical Newspapers and a time frame. For the above article, I chose 1930-1939. Enjoy browsing! To cut to the chase, add broncos to the search.

These resources and more are available in all Wyoming public and community college libraries or remotely with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Today in GoWYLD History: First Moon Landing



On July 20, 1969 at 4:17 and 43 seconds — 102 hours, 45 minutes, and 43 seconds after launch — the Eagle touched down on the surface of the moon. You can read a bit of the transcript of what was said between the astronauts and command in Houston in the article “Man Walks on Another World” in National Geographic Magazine, December 1969, v. 136. It’s available in GoWYLD.net. — view the article or listen to the audio.

Clip from article reads: ARMSTRONG: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. CAPCOM (Astronaut Charles M. Duke): Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.

Armstrong, Neil A., et al. “Man Walks on Another World.” National Geographic Magazine, vol. 136, no. 6, Dec. 1969, p. 738+. National Geographic Archive 1888-1994, https://bit.ly/36Ncfsw. Accessed 14 July 2021.

Find this and other articles on the Apollo 11 moon landing in National Geographic Virtual Library. This GoWYLD.net resource has the complete archive of National Geographic Magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present. Access is available in all Wyoming libraries and remotely with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

This Day in GoWYLD History: Seneca Falls Convention



black and white image of 32-cent stamp showing woman votingOn July 19 and 20, 1848, a convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York that helped launch the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

A search in Britannica Library (or Britannica School) in GoWYLD.net will result in information about the convention, as well as an image of the Declaration of Sentiments. This document, presented at the convention by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, listed the ways that women were treated unfairly and called for women to organize and fight for their rights, such as the right to vote and the right to a college education. Articles in Britannica are available in three reading levels: Children, Young Adults, and Reference Center. In the school version: elementary, middle and high school.

When you select a level, take a minute to scroll down the page. There is so much added content to explore. Each level will vary, but you will find articles, images and videos, biographies, as well as, On this Day, “did you know,” and “can you guess,” Science in Pictures, Compare Countries, an atlas, Animal World (Children’s version), and primary sources.

Britannica can be found in the Browse by Title or under Encyclopedias on GoWYLD.net. These resources are available in all Wyoming libraries and remotely using your Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Exploring Almanacs in GoWYLD



Cartoon of two people talking. Title: “LASTING ALMANAC.” Text: “The agent – I’d like to sell you a farmer’s almanac. The Rube – Land’s sake, mister, I bought one in 1905 that ain’t wore out yet.”
The Casper Record, Volume 02, Number 06, October 15, 1912

July is Read an Almanac Month. Just like Google and old newspapers, almanacs can take us right down a rabbit hole.

Whether it is The Old Farmer’s Almanac or The World Almanac and Book of Facts, folks have enjoyed the bits of information for “entertainment, reference and learning” (World Almanac Book of Facts) for more than a century.

Here we go… From the World Almanac and Book of Facts: a 2000 list of eponyms (words named for a person) discusses the sandwich-named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), who supposedly ate food in this form so that he would not have to leave the gaming table. Speaking of bread, bruschetta was added as a word to Merriam Webster in 2003, and in 1946, when the first of the baby boomers were born, a loaf of bread cost 10 cents.

From the Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids (2007-2019) in MasterFile: Pizza is not Italian (well, not entirely), and it wasn’t invented — it evolved. Ancient Egyptians (c. 3000 B.C.) celebrated the birthdays of pharaohs with unleavened bread (like pita) covered with herbs. Soldiers in Persia (c. 500 B.C.) baked thin bread on their shields and then topped the bread with cheese and dates (Search terms: World Almanac AND bread).

You can find The World Almanac and Book of Facts (2000-2009) in Gale OneFile and Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids (2007-2019) in MasterFile , both in GoWYLD.net.

Both are available in your local library or from home with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, contact your library or Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

John Wesley Powell in the Great Outdoors



6 cent postage stamp with drawing of three men in boat going down river rapids
U.S. postage stamp issued in 1969 commemorating John Wesley Powell.

Summer is upon us and June is Great Outdoors Month. This puts us in mind of John Wesley Powell and his explorations of the West. Powell explored the Green and Colorado Rivers (running the Grand Canyon in wooden oar boats), as well as other scientific trips to the Rocky Mountain area.

He was involved in early iterations of the U.S. Geological Survey and then with the Bureau of Ethnology under the Smithsonian Institute.

You can find titles about and by John Wesley Powell in WYLDCat and Overdrive.

Search GoWYLD.net resources such as, History Study Center or Biography (Gale In Context) for biographies, articles, and images. You can find them under Browse Databases by Title at the top, or explore our History and Biography topic pages.

GoWYLD resources are available in your local library and from home using your Wyoming Library card number and PIN. For more information, contact your library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Want to Know More About Juneteenth? Explore GoWYLD!



Juneteenth graphic with date and "freedom"On June 17, President Biden signed a law creating a federal holiday recognizing Juneteenth. (Read the Senate bill in Congress.gov.)  Juneteenth, observed on June 19, is a celebration of the emancipation of people who had been enslaved in the United States.

GoWYLD.net is a go-to resource on this topic. Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is a featured topic in High School (Gale In Context). You’ll find background information, magazine and journal articles, critical essays, as well as a link to an NPR audio reading (with transcript) of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Britannica Library has two short videos:  “Juneteenth: All of your Questions Answered,” and “Discover the History of Juneteenth.”

Find these in GoWYLD.net under Browse Databases by Title. GoWYLD resources are available in your local library or from home with your Wyoming library card number and PIN. For more information, contact your library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Tails and Tales for Summer Reading in GoWYLD



Cartoon chameleon lying on book with long tail curled underneath him. Text reads "Tails and Tales"This year’s summer reading theme from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is Tails and Tales! Iguanodon tail or the tail of a plane. Fairy tale or Tales from the Crypt. So many ideas, so many GoWYLD.net resources to find information, images and video.

For the younger kids, check out Britannica Library Children. Scroll down to Animal Kingdom for easy to understand information and fantastic photos of all kinds of animals with tails-including those that are extinct! Or explore Elementary (Gale In Context) to learn more about Loch Ness Monster. What a tail!

For Middle School kids, check out SIRS Discoverer. They have Animals as a research topic on the main page. Incredible images of all sorts of tails! Check out the spider monkey or the ring-tailed lemur, the macaw or the quetzal.

Novelist Plus has curated a number of reading lists and reading activities for libraries to use.

Find all of these resources and more in GoWYLD.net. All are available from school and library and from home. For remote access you will need a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, please contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

Resources and Reading for Anne Frank’s Birthday



Book cover: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankAnne Frank’s Birthday is June 12. In World War II, she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, trying to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps — an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful. She died from typhus in the Bergen-Belsen camp in 1945.

If you are interested in finding a biography of her, we have a variety of resources in GoWYLD.net under our Biography topic. A search in Biography (Gale In Context) results in a full topic page and 8 additional biographies. For elementary and middle schoolers, try SIRS Discoverer or Britannica.

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl and other books about her are available in the Overdrive Virtual Library in e-book and e-audiobook formats.

Many book titles about Anne Frank, including audio books and books for young adults, can be found by searching in Novelist Plus. Use the “Lookup in WYLDCat” to see if your library owns the title.

These resources are available in public libraries, schools and remotely from home with a Wyoming library card and PIN. For more information, check with your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.

 

Ancestry Library Home Use Extended



Good news for genealogy researchers! Proquest has extended home use of Ancestry Library until the end of the year.

Find Ancestry in GoWYLD.net under the Genealogy topic.

Access this resource with your Wyoming library card and PIN from any public or community college library. For more information, contact your local library.

Libraries can promote Ancestry with our downloadable poster and image.

Kids’ Books for World Bicycle Day



June 3 is World Bicycle Day. Need a story to celebrate? Want someone else to read it?! Check out the video storybook and non-fiction pair in BookFlix: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon and Bicycle Safety by Lisa M. Herrington. This pair is perfect for a library storytime or for sharing with your own kids at home. Find BookFlix on GoWYLD.net and select from the Kids K-8 guide.

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. This resource for children in grades pre-K through 3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and will introduce them to a world of knowledge and exploration. To use BookFlix at school or from home, you will need a Wyoming library card number and PIN. For more information, contact your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov.