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Wyoming Virtual Library Surpasses One Million Checkouts

Logo has cowboy riding book on left with text reading OverDrive and Wyoming Virtual Library

The Wyoming Virtual Library, a service provided by public libraries across the state as well as by the Wyoming State Library, recently marked its one millionth checkout of e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital magazines, comic books, and graphic novels. The one millionth checkout was Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls.

The Wyoming Virtual Library currently includes more than 22 library systems around the state. By July, every Wyoming public and community college, the University of Wyoming, and the Wyoming State Library will all be part of this consortium. Member libraries provide their patrons with 24/7 access to e-books, e-audiobooks, and more through OverDrive.

“Many Wyoming libraries have been with OverDrive for a long time,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “We’re glad to see that soon, patrons from every public and academic library will have access to the tens of thousands of downloadable titles available.”

The Wyoming Virtual Library started in 2011 with the libraries in Niobrara, Platte, and Natrona counties. Throughout the years other county libraries joined, creating a strong consortium of digital holdings. Since the Virtual Library’s beginnings, more and more library patrons have discovered and are using digital checkouts. The collection began with 21,000 items at the end of the first year and has grown to more than 68,000 now, while checkouts have increased from just under 11,000 the first year to more than 250,000 in the last 10 months.

Wyoming Virtual Library offerings include bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every genre, ranging from mystery and romance to cookbooks and travel guides, tech and business guides, young adult and children’s titles, and more. The library also offers Kids, Teens and Magazines e-Reading Rooms — dedicated digital spaces with all searches filtered to fit the selected theme, format, or age level.

Wyoming residents can download reading from the Wyoming Virtual Library anytime, anywhere with their library card and PIN. Visit the library at to explore the collection, download the award-winning Libby app, and open up a world of reading. For assistance using the Wyoming Virtual Library, contact your local public library.

Mental Health Awareness Month in GoWYLD

Image of MedlinePlus home page on tablet with text: May is Mental Health Month. Access health information about mental health on MedlinePlus

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we would like to point you to resources on that can offer reliable information and ideas.

MedlinePlus is part of the suite and comes to us free from the National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health. In this resource you will find information on specific health issues and medical tests and procedures, health topics, drugs and supplements, genetics, and a medical encyclopedia. Also included are animated health videos, health check tools, and interactive health games.

There are topic pages that focus on Child, Teen, and Older Adult Mental Health . The page, How to Improve Mental Health, provides ideas and links to resources from Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Mental Health America, National Institutes of Health, and others (most of them available in Spanish).

At the bottom of the main page, there are links for Easy-to-Read Materials and Health Information in Multiple Languages.

Find this and other Health & Medicine resources on under subjects. This will take you to a guide that also links to Support Materials and tutorials for Medline Plus.

MedlinePlus is available via in all libraries, schools, and from home. You will not need a library card and PIN to access. For more information please contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

UW Makes HeritageQuest Available in GoWYLD

Black and white vintage photo of people in swimsuits with two of them dancing reads "Searching for that right moment"

Thanks to the University of Wyoming Libraries, Wyomingites now have access to HeritageQuest Online on This resource provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

Databases include U.S. and Canada Census records, U.S. Freedman’s Bank Records. You can also search city directories, immigration records and specific military records.

ProQuest provides links to research aids such as Getting Started and Beyond the Basics, and tips on searching census records. Manipulate a U.S. map through the decades, beginning in 1790 and up through 1920, to determine state and county boundaries as you search for locations of relatives.

When you select Genealogy under subjects on, you will find the link to HeritageQuest and other genealogy databases, as well as links to tutorials and guides.

For access from home, you will need your Wyoming library card number and PIN. For help with this or any other resource, contact your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at

Cinco de Mayo Resources in GoWYLD

Sunburst graphic reads, "Cinco de Mayo"Cinco de Mayo is a day honoring a Mexican military victory over French forces in 1862. You can learn more about Mexico and this event in

CultureGrams is a great resource for discovering Mexico. Although it does not talk specifically about about Cinco de Mayo, mostly celebrated in Puebla, you will find beautiful photos, videos, and information about holidays, language, religion, greetings, and so much more. The main page for each country includes maps, an infographic, the country anthem, the flag, and recipes. Book clubs will love CultureGrams for background information and food!

Use both the World edition and the Kids edition, as they each showcase different information. In the Kid’s edition you will find a history timeline, Life as a Kid, Games & Sports, and “Can you Say it?”

For information specifically about Cinco de Mayo, check out Britannica Library or Britannica School on Both CultureGrams and Britannica are available in your library or school, or you can access them remotely from home using your Wyoming library card and PIN.

Librarians — promote Culturegram and Britannica in your library with ready-to-print bookmarks on the downloads page.

Celebrating Children’s Book Week with GoWYLD

Bookflix home page section showing categories and topicsMay 3-9, 2021, is Children’s Book Week. To help you celebrate, the Wyoming State Library would like to highlight a favorite resource in

Check out Bookflix, a 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. Note that there are two different links into Bookflix. From your public library, and from school or home.

Select a category and then a pair. For example: Family and Community, Wild About Books and Welcome to the Library. The video story book can be set with read-along on or without. After watching the story, there are Puzzlers such as “which came first?” and “Fact or Fiction?” Plus, each pair includes a nonfiction e-book that complements the subject

Under Resources & Tools (the apple-on-a-book icon), there is a full title list and lesson plans for each pair. Stories/pairs can be searched/sorted by running time, themes as well as categories, and Lexile/grade level. Use themes to find poetry and rhyme, biographies, history, science and nature, and more. Under the resources tab you will find library program ideas and classroom activities.

Sprinkled in among the narrators you will hear Claire Danes, Meryl Streep, Helen Hunt & Frank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, John Lithgow, James Earl Jones, Laila Ali, Laura Dern, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

We encourage you to take a look and listen! This is a wonderful resource to use in school and the library, as well as from home. About one-third of the book pairs are also in Spanish. Besides sharing the book with children, this might also be a fun way to practice your Spanish.

Access this resource at Select from the Browse by Title list or under the subject Kids K-8. For school and remote access, you will be prompted for your Wyoming library card and PIN.

Wyoming libraries can promote this resource with bookmarks with the logo on the marketing downloads page.

For more information, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, WSL Database Instruction Librarian,

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright. Engraving from The Leisure Hour Magazine April 1864.

Celebrate the Bard on his birthday! Although the exact date of William Shakespeare’s birth in April 1564 isn’t known, it is most often celebrated on April 23. has wonderful resources on Shakespeare, including the fully dramatized audio of all 38 plays and study guides.  Links are in the Shakespeare guide.

Find a flyer  to promote and Shakespeare on our downloads page.

With a Wyoming library card, you have access to the world of Shakespeare and many more topics. Check it all out at For more information, contact your local library or Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at

Finding Earth Day Resources in GoWYLD

Cartoon Earth says, "It's my lucky day!"

Happy Earth Day! Wyoming libraries and their patrons can find Earth Day resources in The Environmental Studies (Gale In Context) database is highlighting Earth Day on a topic page with an overview, magazine and journal articles, images, audio and video, and even a few biographies. One biography is for Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.

Find it at under Science & Technology or in the Browse by Title list. This database is available in libraries and schools, or you can access Environmental Studies (Gale in Context) from home using a Wyoming library card and PIN. For assistance or more information, contact your local library or contact Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian Chris Van Burgh at

April Is Car Care Month — Take Chilton for a Spin!

April is National Car Care Month, and Wyoming libraries provide automotive repair help for patrons to access 24/7 from

During April, we’re highlighting ChiltonLibrary, an online resource that helps patrons save money on car repairs by offering expert, step-by-step guidance on how to conduct repairs themselves, or by having greater knowledge about their vehicle when taking it to a professional for service. Find Chilton Library under Auto Repair & DIY in GoWYLD.

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs on the road today. The troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) simplify even the most complicated tasks. For anyone training to be an auto repair professional, there are test-prep quizzes for ASE mechanic certification.

Libraries can find three promotional flyers here to promote ChiltonLibrary.

This and other resources are available in Wyoming libraries and schools. For use from home, you will need a library card and PIN from a Wyoming public or community college library. For more information, contact your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh,

National Poetry Month in GoWYLD

Want to hear Tennyson reciting “Charge of the Light Brigade” (recited onto a wax cylinder in 1890)? T. S. Eliot reading “The Waste Land?” Langston Hughes recite “I, Too?” These and other historic recordings as well as contemporary poets can be heard in the Poetry Archive Audio within Literature Online (LION). You can also take a listen in Poets On Screen, also available in LION, and in ProQuest Learning-Literature. Poets On Screen is a collection of video clips of contemporary poets reading selections of their own work and their favorite classic poems. In some you will find the poet also describing the work and how it developed. (eg. Robert Bly, “After Drinking All Night with a Friend, we go out in a Boat at Dawn to See Who Can Write the Best Poem”). For National Poetry Month, we’re highlighting a few of the databases.

In addition to LION and ProQuest Learning-Literature, check out High School (Gale In Context). By selecting Browse Topic, you will find: Poetry. This includes a poetry overview, Critical Thinking questions for students to consider, major works and authors. Example searches can be found on the Poetry guide,

For book titles, take a look at Books & Authors. Select nonfiction + humanities. Then search poetry to browse titles. Or try an advanced search selecting nonfiction + young adult and subject poetry. No need to add terms to search boxes to get results.

For these resources, go to and select Literature under Subjects. You will find tabs for poetry and Shakespeare, as well as tutorials and marketing materials. You can also select from Browse Database by Title. These are available in your library, school and from home. For remote access you will need your library card and PIN.

For assistance, please contact your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at

Kids, Food, and Nutrition Month

Father and daughter having fun while cooking in kitchen togetherExplora Primary, a resource for K-5 in, can help you find ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month with your kids. In it you will find magazine articles, encyclopedia references, images, and video. You will want to use the Lexile scores to help students narrow the content level, as even though this is for K-5, there is a broad range of reading levels. Click on the topic Science & Health and then select nutrition.

Of special interest are the Get-Into-It-Guides. In particular, Get Into Smart Snacks. Here you will find everything from ants on a log and trail mix to recipes for energy balls, wraps, and sweet potato bean burrito. We’ll be checking out the recipe for Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Nuts. Kids and adults will enjoy the variety of ideas, clear instructions, and focus on good nutrition. You can choose to view or download the full e-book or click the table of contents to select a section.

Other Get-Into-It-Guides include Smoothies, Yoga, Photography, Mixed Media, Citizen Science, Wow-Factor Science, Magic, Chess, Knitting, and Mine Craft. You can access these by clicking on Get-Into-It-Guides, when you have selected the Smart Snacks in the results list. Or launch a new search.

Visit for Explora Primary and more. For help or more information, contact your local library or contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at