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Spring Into Your Latest Reading Adventure

Ten Sleep Library

From the Natrona County Library blog

By Jenn Beckstead, Teen Librarian
Natrona County Library

Reading is a crucial part of the everyday tasks of life. But if asked whether you and your family consider yourself readers, how would you answer? Are you reading for fun, to fill your free time, or to pursue your personal interests? Or do you read solely to fulfill work or school assignments?

Even those who triumphantly declare their love of novel pursuits may fall into unexpected reading slumps from time to time. So as you jump into the spring cleaning mode, make sure a visit to the Library is at the top of your to-do list. Dust off your library card and try these helpful hints.

Ask for suggestions
Chat with library staff about what you enjoy or dislike in the books you read. Use the NoveList Plus database to search for similar choices to what you love.

Change it up
Try a title that is new or different from what you might regularly choose to read. Browse the new releases, bestsellers, or recent award winner lists. Choose a format that works best for your circumstances or try one you’ve never read. Download an eBook, listen to an audio version, or read a magazine. Pick up a graphic novel or comic book.

Judge a book by the cover
Opt for a pick based exclusively on the book jacket. Challenge yourself and choose something with a cover you hate. You might be surprised by what you find inside.

Read it before you see it
Check out Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (the movie title changed to Love, Simon) or Ready Player One by Ernest Cline before booking your theater seats. If you enjoy watching the silver screen from the comfort of your living room, first read Margaret Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale or The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, the beloved picture book that inspired the recent animated movie.

Seasonal selections
March 14 is Pi Day (3.14) so grab a cookbook and treat yourself to a delicious homemade dessert. Sport fans, draft a new strategy. Try a biography or learn about the history of our favorite pastime. Create your own March Madness brackets, recruit other readers, and compete to choose your favorite book! If the cold, snowy spells have you dreaming of warmer weather, reach into the planting section and start plotting your summer garden.

Spring break
Whether you are taking a trip or planning a staycation, add reading to your agenda. It’s a perfect time to get lost in a new world, revisit an old favorite, cook a great meal, or learn a new skill. If you’ve discovered your current reading journey is a chore, the library is the perfect place to help you spring forward and turn your reading routine into an adventure.

Davis Named AHC University Archivist

From the American Heritage Center blog

Sara Davis

The American Heritage Center has appointed Sara Davis as the new university archivist. The university archivist serves as a liaison between the AHC and University of Wyoming departments, faculty, staff, and student organizations to assist in records retention schedules, which are critical in terms of the legal value of records as evidence and the reliability of information, as well as collecting materials that help document UW. The AHC is the University of Wyoming’s official archival repository.

Davis holds an Associate of Arts in music from Laramie County Community College and two degrees from the University of Wyoming (Bachelor of Arts in humanities and fine arts and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology). Additionally, she has a Master of Science in library science with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College and a digital archives specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

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Upton Branch Library Celebrates 50 Years

The Upton Branch Library is celebrating its birthday today – 50 years in existence! The branch is part of the Weston County Library, which serves its 7,200 county residents, 1,100 in Upton proper. The Upton Branch Library’s record of service to its community is indeed something to be proud of. We wish them 50 more and then some. Stop by the library today from 1-3 p.m. for their open house to congratulate them and enjoy some cake. (After all, what birthday would be complete without cake?)

Branch Manager Sherri Randall with the Library’s birthday cake.

Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus stopped by to join in the celebration.

Teen Tech Week Kicks Off Sunday

Teen Tech Week 2016 at Fremont County Library – Lander

Teen Tech Week starts March 4 and runs through March 10 with the theme, “Libraries Are For Creating.” Many Wyoming libraries offer maker programs — is your library doing anything special to celebrate TTW?

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by YALSA and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.

Millions of teens do not have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills.  Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide.Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life.  That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.

Big Talk From Small Libraries is Tomorrow

Want awesome ideas for small libraries? Join the Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 online conference tomorrow, February 23. It’s free and online, so you can tune in from your desk. Registration is still open, so head over to the Registration page and sign up.

They have a great agenda for the day, with seven 50-minute sessions plus five 10-minute lightning round sessions. You can log in and out of the conference as you like throughout the day, based on your interest and availability.

Join in for a day of big ideas from small libraries!

Training Offered in Conjunction with the WLA Legislative Reception

If you are thinking of heading to the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception on Thursday, February 22, in Cheyenne, we have two learning opportunities for you.

Also, if you have time to set aside for some extra training while in Cheyenne, contact Desiree in advance so that she can schedule one on one training for you or your staff with Wyoming State Library staff. The reception itself will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at the State Library, preceded by a legislative update at 5:00.

Wyoming State Archives Resources
Thursday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne

Join State Archivist Michael Strom and Deputy State Archivist Kathy Marquis to hear (and see) some of the resources available at the Wyoming State Archives that might be of interest such as the Wyoming Blue Book wiki and their LibGuides. They will present a general overview of the records in their collections as well as an overview of record retention schedules and how to use them.

WYLD Office Updates
Friday, February 23, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne

The WYLD Office was busy during the last half of 2017 and has more plans for 2018 including exciting projects like implementing Syndetics Unbound, BLUEcloud Visibility, and BLUEcloud Mobile. Join WYLD Office Manager Desiree Saunders for an update on these services and other features that are part of our new, updated contract with SirsiDynix. There’ll be time for Q&A and discussion about training, communication, and more. (Please note that this is NOT training.)

New in the WSL Collection

We’ve just added National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries to the Wyoming State Library collection. The new National School Library Standards reflect an evolution of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) learning standards and program guidelines. This book is available to you for checkout through interlibrary loan or at our building here in Cheyenne.

The WSL maintains a professional collection on many library topics that may be of use to you, available through WYLDCAT. Questions may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

If you’re interested in learning more about the new AASL standards, consider signing up for our February 27 webinar, In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part II, or watching our archived webinars, 2017 AASL Standards Overview and In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part I.

Job Opportunities for Wyoming Librarians

Join the amazing team at the Wyoming State Library.

If you haven’t checked the Wyoming State Library’s jobs board lately, you might want to take a look at the openings now available. We’ve recently posted positions at the public libraries in Converse, Teton, and Laramie counties, and three positions at the University of Wyoming.

We have an opening right here at the Wyoming State Library we’d encourage you to look at. We are advertising for a Librarian in our Information Services Office. This position will work with the State Publications program and digital collection. Here’s your opportunity to join the great team here at the WSL.

See the vacancy announcement on the State of Wyoming jobs site.

Have a job you’d like added to the board? Contact Susan Mark at She’ll be glad to add it to the list.

Professional Development for your Board(s)

Reposted with permission from Library Strategies

Public libraries often have a number of boards, including a Library Board, as well as a Foundation or Friends Board. As professional bodies that can affect the performance of your library, it is important that each member of the board regularly participates in professional development activities. In this way, the board members become informed leaders, such that their work improves the Library and advances the work of the expert, professional staff.

Here a few ways to help your board in their annual professional development:

Key 1: Board orientation – Hold a board orientation for all new members that covers their roles and responsibilities, as well as the basic services of the library. A board orientation is also valuable as a refresher for long-time board members, and requiring attendance once every three years can help members stay on track.

Key 2: Define annual activities – All board members should engage in some aspect of professional development each year. The topics may be library-related, or how to run an effective board, or on broader trends, such as publishing or the digital world. Conferences, webinars, and state and national organizations today offer a wealth of opportunities for board training and advancement. Help your board by offering a smorgasbord of opportunities each year, with regular reminders to participate.

Key 3: Board evaluation – Have an annual board evaluation process, which can be as simple as the board president sending out an annual comment sheet to each member asking what is working well or not on the board, and what they would like to see changed. By annually evaluating the board, you can help discover board weaknesses that might effectively be addressed through training or support.

Some additional ideas for professional development activities for your boards include regular presentations by professional staff on library trends; using former board members as mentors to new board members; and thinking outside the library to explore issues in publishing, technology, finance, change management, fundraising, social media, governance, etc.

In board professional development, it is important that board members fundamentally understand and embrace their defined roles and responsibilities. But for an energized board, it is equally important that they participate in interesting, social, and other engaging activities that help them support the library and plan for its future.


Also check out the Wyoming State Library’s Library Board Members’ Handbook.

‘What in the World’ at Centennial Library

From UW News

Jean Garrison

University of Wyoming students and faculty members will give three presentations, free and open to the public, during the fifth annual “What in the World?” summer program at the Albany County Public Library Centennial branch. All sessions, moderated by Jean Garrison, UW Center for Global Studies (CGS) director, highlight the work that recent UW graduates completed for their international research projects and the innovative research of UW-affiliated faculty.

The summer CGS schedule is:

  • Wednesday June 14, at 5:30 p.m., Centennial Fellow presentations: Ashkia Campbell, zoology and physiology senior, from Casper, “Nest Predation in Ecuador”; and Jeremy Goldsmith, international studies, and environment and natural resources master’s degree candidate, from Louisville, Ky., “How and Why Gambians Migrate.”
  • Wednesday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Mark Ritchie and Lena Hardy, both Department of Art and Art History professors, “Riding the Range in Mongolia and Australia: Art, Insights and Impressions.”
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., faculty research presentation: Thomas Risse, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin, “Europe, the U.S. and the Transatlantic Relationship during Tumultuous Times.”

The series is made possible by the Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation and the CGS’s UW partners. For more information about CGS, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119, email, or visit