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Sheridan Author to be Highlighted for National Book Festival



Book coverWyoming Humanities has announced the selection of The Marvelous Invention of Orion McBride, written by Sheridan educator and author Tyler Rogers, for the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Tyler’s book is Wyoming’s “Great Reads from Great Places” selection at the annual festival, which highlights children’s and young adult books representing all 50 states. This literary event brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings, and other activities. This year’s event takes place September 3 in Washington, D.C.

The selection of the book was handled through the Wyoming Center for the Book, now housed with Wyoming Humanities. A panel was selected to read and consider a number of books from across the state for this year’s event.

“Wyoming’s literary tradition remains incredibly strong, as evidenced by the high quality of the books our team reviewed,” said Shawn Reese, Executive Director of Wyoming Humanities.

Selecting the book is only a portion of what Wyoming Humanities can do with this national affiliation.

“This is our first big chance to get us connected with the Library of Congress,” said Lucas Fralick, Wyoming Humanities Coordinator for the Center. “It’s an opportunity to find exciting ways to promote literature, writing, and critical thinking throughout Wyoming.”

Tyler Rogers

In The Marvelous Invention of Orion McBride, Tyler creates a coming-of-age tale for life’s major transitions through the eyes of an 11-year-old, where even little changes make a big difference. As a Wyomingite, Tyler even connects the plot of his book to the state itself.

“The book represents some of the best themes in Wyoming, with friendship, persistence, managing change, and creativity,” Lucas said. “He takes a serious topic and makes it accessible to all readers.”

The author knows a good deal about Wyoming and how to make arts and culture accessible. Tyler is the music educator at Big Horn Elementary School in Sheridan. He also directs the Sheridan County Boys Choir and several community theater musicals. He proudly shares that he is committed to being an agent of positive change for youth, to inspire students by building bridges between community, the arts, and joy.

Tyler explained more about his work and his process on a recent episode of Wyoming Humanities “What’s Your Why” podcast. That segment can be found at thinkwy.org/podcasts.

Later this summer, Wyoming Humanities will also hold events celebrating the Center for the Book as well as Tyler’s writing.

For more information about Wyoming Humanities and its programs, visit thinkwy.org. Information about the Center can be directed to Lucas Fralick at lucas@thinkwy.org or (307) 660-0729.

News in Brief



Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineALSC Updates its Digital Media Resources for Youth Services
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated its Digital Media Resources for 2022. This list, created and updated annually by the ALSC Children and Technology Committee, curates current digital and tech articles, blog posts, and websites. This year, they’ve added new categories for media mentorship and podcast advisory and updated recommendations on children’s e-books and apps, early learning, and research.

ALA Launches Initiative in Defense of Intellectual Freedom
In response to the uptick in book challenges and other efforts to suppress access to information, The American Library Association launched Unite Against Book Bans on April 4, 2022, during National Library Week. United Against Book Bans is a national initiative focused on empowering readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. More information is available at uniteagainstbookbans.org.

Guide to Diverse and Inclusive Financial Literacy Books for Youth
The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), has released Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money, a free resource for library workers. The guide was developed to eschew stereotypes and embrace diversity in telling stories and sharing skills related to personal finance and financial capability for children.

ACRL 2023 Call for Conference Proposals Now Open
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposals for the ACRL 2023 Conference to be held March 15-18, 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Contributed paper, panel session, and workshop proposals are due June 3, 2022. Lightning talk, poster session, roundtable discussion, and virtual conference presentations are due October 13, 2022.

 

World Intellectual Property Day Celebrates Youthful Innovators



World Intellectual Property banner

Every April 26th is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. The day is a celebration of human innovation and the IP created from it. IP includes patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and more. Each World IP Day has a theme and 2022’s theme is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future.”  Celebrate the innovation of youth around the world who are bringing their ideas to life! Creativity and invention help us to move forward as a nation, and IP is one way to encourage innovators.

You can celebrate World IP Day by checking out younger innovators at the WIPO’s World IP Day Youth Gallery or joining the United States Patent and Trademark Office virtual event celebrating the day.

Looking for intellectual property resources? Visit the Wyoming State Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

Preservation Week 2022 Focus is on Climate Change



Blue and gray logo says PRESERVATION WEEK with dates

Preservation Week takes place from April 24-30, 2022. Participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public.

The 2022 Preservation Week theme is “Preservation in the Face of Climate Change.” Celebrating the concept of climate resiliency, the event will highlight the effects of climate change on our shared cultural heritage materials. The papers, photographs, ephemera and other materials held by both institutions and individuals can be integral to telling the story of the human impact on the environment. During Preservation Week, libraries, museums, institutions and communities are urged to examine the effects on collections and their keepers, as well as resiliency strategies.

Portrait photograph
Elizabeth Yeampierre

Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Latinx community organization UPROSE, will serve as the 2022 Preservation Week Honorary Chair. Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry. She’s a fierce advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice, and community-led climate adaptation.

Preservation Week is an opportunity to inspire action to preserve collections — in libraries, archives, and museums, of course, but especially the items held and loved by individuals, families, and communities. Preservation Week activities will also raise awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing sound preservation information.

Learn more at preservationweek.org.

Preservation Week is supported by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association.

News in Brief



Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineAssociation of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Call for Conference Proposals
The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS) is now accepting program proposals for their annual conference, “Rising Up and Reaching Out” to be held October 4-6 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Selected programs will be announced in early June 2022. The deadline for program proposals is Friday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. MDT.

Libraries Build Business Playbook Now Available
Over the past 22 months, the American Library Association’s Libraries Build Business cohort has been developing and implementing innovative small business programming. Now, you can learn from their stories with the new Libraries Build Business Playbook (PDF), a comprehensive look at how the programs developed.

Big Talk From Small Libraries Recordings Now Available
Recordings of all Big Talk From Small Libraries 2022 sessions are now available. Don’t forget to complete the conference evaluation. They’re looking for input from people who attended the live conference or watched the archived recordings. And mark your calendars now – next year’s conference will be on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Libraries Transforming Communities Call for Advisors
The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking 10 librarian advisors for Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities. Advisors will be selected for their experience with community engagement, disability services, and developing local programs for public audiences. Library work experience and individual membership in ALA or ARSL required; MLIS is preferred. Submissions are requested by May 2, 2022.

Overcoming Unconscious Biases and Promoting Diversity
Psychology Today defines bias as “a tendency, inclination, or prejudice toward or against something or someone” (para. 1, n.d.). Bias can be negative or positive and is often formed through personal and second-degree experiences. Everyone holds bias, many unconsciously so! Learn different types of biases likely to be found in a library setting and find links for further information.

Get Free “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Materials
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program just released their revised milestones and tips to support children’s development. Free materials are available.

How to Start a Sensory Support Group at Your Library
Want to start a sensory support group for your neurodiverse patrons? Resources are available to help you get started, learn the types of
activities that happen during a sensory support group meeting, develop partnerships, and more, thanks to this LibGuide from the State of Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. Additional resources may be found from Libraries and Autism.

Find Strategic Planning Resources for Public, Academic, and School Libraries
The Massachusetts Library System has created a guide to strategic planning for public, academic, and school libraries. Find sample plans, survey tools and advice, tips and techniques, and more in this helpful online resource. While some of this guide is tailored to Massachusetts libraries, much will be useful to libraries anywhere.

Navigating Waves of Censorship: Resources for Public and School Libraries
We’ve all seen the recent headlines highlighting a startling rise in censorship: legislation banning teachers from discussing racism, lists of books to pull from school and public libraries, and politicians threatening to withhold library funding. This blog post from the Colorado Virtual Library offers extensive advice and resources for anticipating and responding to challenges.

Native American Read-In Taking Place in April
Join a virtual family-friendly celebration of the work of Native American creators on Sunday, April 24. The read-in will feature multiple Native authors, artists and storytellers. Attendees will enjoy reading/telling sessions, Native art and music, and live Q&A with the artists. All are welcome for this #OwnVoices read-aloud event. The read-in is sponsored by sponsored by the University of Washington iSchool and Read-a-Rama.

Boost Reading Challenge Participation with 6 Research-Backed Tips
With a wide range of reading challenge customization options, it can be difficult to know what choices will help boost participation and sustain engagement in your community. That’s where Beanstack’s 2021 Summer Reading Report comes in. They looked at data from thousands of diverse libraries and users around the globe to create six evidence-based reading challenge tips to keep your community reading.

New Report Spotlights Creative Library Broadband Services During the Pandemic
A new report released by the American Library Association shows the impact of broadband access through the nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries during the pandemic, as well as the need for continued long-term investments in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programming. “Keeping Communities Connected: Library Broadband Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” part of the ALA Policy Perspectives series, illustrates how libraries found ways to continue their most important services as well as to innovate new ones to meet emerging needs.

2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Offers a Virtual Opportunity
New at the American Library Association’s 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibition is The Digital Experience, a virtual offering for guests who cannot attend the conference in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022. Registrants will have access to 42 education sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions, and four main stage speakers, including on-demand access through August 31, 2022.  Registration is open.

Celebrating National Library Outreach Day



Drawing of bookmobile going uphill over text that reads NATIONAL LIBRARY OUTREACH DAY, April 6, 2022Today, April 6, 2022, is National Library Outreach Day! Formerly National Bookmobile Day, the event celebrates library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are. Whether it’s a bookmobile stop at the local elementary school, services provided to community homes, or library pop-ups at community gatherings, these services are essential to the community. Each year, National Library Outreach Day is celebrated on Wednesday of National Library Week.

National Library Outreach Day is an opportunity for library advocates to make their support known — through thanking library staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders.

National Library Outreach Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Celebrate National Library Workers Day



Today, April 5, 2022, is National Library Workers Day. It’s a time to recognize library staff members for their public service contributions in transforming lives and communities. This event is celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week.

Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually as the world continues to fight COVID-19. In times of crisis, libraries of all types and their workers serve millions of library users in need of free access to WiFi, eBooks, accurate information, and digital social services.

The ALA Allied Professionals Association (ALA-APA) invites library advocates, patrons, and staff to show their support of our nation’s library workers by posting words of encouragement and appreciation for their local library stars at http://bit.ly/librarystar. Library staff and the general public can also share well wishes over their social media channels with the hashtag #NLWD21 or post messages to the National Library Workers Day Facebook page.

The ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”

State of America’s Libraries Report 2022 Released



Report coverThe American Library Association (ALA) kicks off National Library Week with the release of its State of America’s Libraries Report, highlighting the challenges U.S. libraries faced in the second year of the pandemic – as well as the ways they innovated to meet the needs of their communities.

Library staff in every state faced an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
    LGBTQIA+ content and considered to have sexually explicit images
  2. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
    LGBTQIA+ content and considered to be sexually explicit
  3. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
    LGBTQIA+ content, profanity and considered to be sexually explicit
  4. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
    Depictions of abuse and considered to be sexually explicit.
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Profanity, violence and thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda
  6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Profanity, sexual references and use of a derogatory term
  7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    Sexually explicit and degrading to women
  8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Depicts child sexual abuse and considered sexually explicit
  9. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
    Providing sexual education and LGBTQIA+ content
  10. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
    LGBTQIA+ content and considered to be sexually explicit

In response to the uptick in book challenges and other efforts to suppress access to information, ALA will launch United Against Book Bans, a national initiative focused on empowering readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship.

Read the State of America’s Libraries Report.

ABOS Annual Bookmobile Parade Kicks Off Today!



April 4-8 is the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Virtual Bookmobile Parade. ABOS is hosting this event for a whole week this year, rather than just one day. Libraries will share photos of the wonderful variety of bookmobiles that serve communities across the country — we might even see a Wyoming bookmobile or two!

Follow the Virtual Bookmobile Parade on ABOS’s social media:

The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services supports and encourages library staff and leadership to provide quality bookmobile and outreach services to meet diverse community needs.

Free Tools Available to Celebrate National Library Week



National Library Week banner graphic with photo of and quote from Molly Shannon

Tools are now available to help communities nationwide celebrate the contributions of libraries and library professionals during National Library Week, April 3 – 9, 2022.

National Library Week is held each April by the American Library Association (ALA). The annual celebration highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education, technology, information access, and more.

Download promotional tools

ALA offers resources to help libraries and the public promote this year’s National Library Week theme of “Connect with Your Library.” Free materials in both English and Spanish can be found on the National Library Week Toolkit page. These include PSA scripts, a proclamation, mini-posters, a coloring page, and a sample press release.

Also available on the website are downloadable digital graphics featuring actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, who serves as the 2022 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Customizable Canva templates to promote library resources or programs are available as well.

National Library Week special events

As part of the celebration:

  • Monday, April 4 — ALA will release the State of America’s Libraries Report, including the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2021.
  • Tuesday, April 5 — National Library Workers Day invites library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 6 — National Library Outreach Day celebrates the contributions of library professionals who meet their patrons where they are. This might range from a bookmobile stop at a local elementary school to services provided to community homes to library pop-ups at community gatherings.
  • Thursday, April 7 — on Take Action for Libraries Day, advocates across the country will call on elected officials to support libraries with robust federal funding. They’ll also spread the word about how libraries help communities succeed and thrive.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.