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New Video: National Geographic Kids



This beautiful resource, for kids ages 6-14, includes books and magazines (every page, every issue), videos, and pictures. Explore topics: Animals, Environment, People & Cultures, History, Science & Tech, and Places. This is also the feature for January’s marketing campaign.
January 2019; 23 minutes

Wyoming Reads Issues Fraud Alert



Wyoming Reads, a program of Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy, has received reports that individuals have been contacted by solicitors asking for donations in support of “Wyoming Reads.” Wyoming Reads does not solicit donations from anyone via phone. If you have been contacted via telephone and asked to provide your credit card information in order to make donations to Wyoming Reads, this is a scam.

Each year, Wyoming Reads provides a hardback picture book to every first grade student in Wyoming. The Wyoming State Library is proud to be a partner in this effort.

#TBT Mike the Bike in Wyoming State Docs



Friendly, terrifying, or just terrified? We weren’t quite sure ourselves when we ran across “Mike the Bike” in our state documents collection. In the 1970s, Mike was a mascot for the Wyoming Highway Patrol Safety Division’s effort to encourage bicycle safety for kids.

About Mike

Mike is a BICYCLE — a ‘Talking’ Bicycle. Mike wants all boys or girls to enjoy riding their bicycles and he also wants them to be safe while riding. He gives them eleven rules to follow that he hopes they will learn and always practice. He also gives tips on taking care of a bicycle as he visits with the Highway Patrol Safety Officer who presents the program.

Have to admit the bow tie is pretty snazzy, but we’re not so sure about that face. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Nevertheless, Mike offered some good safety tips in the brochure below. (Click for larger image.)

The Wyoming State Library is the official repository for state government publications. Not only do we have an extensive physical and online collection, we have reference librarians on staff who can help you find the information you need. Contact us at statelibrary@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6333. We’re always glad to help.

Featured Document: Wyoming Alzheimer’s Plan



As Wyoming’s population ages, many across the state will face the challenge of dementia. The Wyoming State Library recently added the Wyoming State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias to our collection in our State Publications database and as a print document available through WYLDcat.

This 32-page plan is the result of over two years of work by the Wyoming Alzheimer’s and Dementia Work Group, consisting of 16 specialists from nine different state organizations concerned with the future of dementia care in the Equality State.

To inform the work of the group, a statewide Alzheimer’s needs assessment was completed, which consisted of 10 town hall listening sessions held last year throughout Wyoming, including on the Wind River Reservation. For those residents who were unable to attend a listening session, the Wyoming Center on Aging, based at the University of Wyoming, administered an on-line needs assessment survey.

‘The Path to a Patent’ at the WSL



January 11, 2019, update:
The Path to a Patent series of presentations has been cancelled due to the ongoing government shutdown.

The Wyoming State Library is hosting a free series on intellectual property, “The Path to a Patent,” from the Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These three interactive sessions during January and February will be broadcast to the State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. The Path to a Patent will be useful for small business owners, entrepreneurs, inventors — anyone interested in patents and other intellectual property.

The series will cover not just the basics, but also delve deeper into intellectual property topics. Each session can stand alone so participants may sign up for the full series or only the ones that match their interests. All will be held in the State Library’s meeting room.

Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

  • The Path to a Patent, Part I: The patent application process
    Friday, January 18, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. MST
  • The Path to a Patent, Part II: Patent searching
    Friday, February 1, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. MST
  • The Path to a Patent, Part III: How to file a patent application using EFS-Web
    Friday, February 15, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. MST

The Path to a Patent is valuable for a better understanding of intellectual property and how to protect it. While filing for a patent is a legal process, this series will give participants more information and understanding before they take the step of contacting an attorney.

Learn more about The Path to a Patent and other training opportunities from the Rocky Mountain USPTO. Contact Kitchens at karen.kitchens@wyo.gov or (307) 777-7281 with any questions.

The Wyoming State Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC).

Museum and Library Services Act Signed into Law



The year 2018 ended on a good note for libraries and museums. On Monday, December 31, President Trump signed into law S. 3530, the “Museum and Library Services Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes, amends, and expands the programs of the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This legislation updates the funding formula for the Library Services and Technology Act Grants to States program. The State Library administers Wyoming LSTA funds, with a focus on statewide resources such as the GoWYLD databases and interlibrary loan.

Over time, as more money is added to the program, the base amount of the annual grant will increase from $680,000 to $1,000,000 for each state with the remaining funds dispersed by population. Wyoming received just under $900,000 in LSTA funds this year, so the new formula is outstanding news for the Equality State.

Learn more about how the Wyoming State Library uses federal LSTA funds to support library services across the state.

Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8



STAR Net invites you and your patrons to join them for an online event tomorrow, December 27, 2018, at 12 p.m. MST. Dr. Carter Emmart from the American Museum of Natural History will be presenting a webcast celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar flyby done by the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon. Join them as they celebrate this anniversary with a guided re-creation of the voyage along the actual path synchronized with the astronauts’ spoken words.

Learn more and tune in to the live online presentation tomorrow at noon.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for December



site logoThe December 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with 82 live offerings and 3 to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.

Webinar: Understanding Teens 101



Tongue River High School Library on Wyoming Snapshot Day

The Wyoming State Library is holding a free webinar, “Understanding Teens 101,” on Wednesday, November 14, from 2-3 p.m. MST. Join Catherine Boddie and Bridget Kiely, Young Adult Service Librarians from the Arapahoe Library District in Colorado, for a crash-course on understanding teen behavior and strategies for applying your know-how so all staff can offer the best teen services at your library.

Register now.

We’ll touch on everything from adolescent neuroscience to behavioral issues. Whether you’re a teen expert or teen averse attend for some useful takeaways for your day to day work in the library.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for November



site logoThe November 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with 76 live offerings and 3 to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.