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WLA Conference Moves Online



The Wyoming Library Association annual conference, originally scheduled for October 8-9 in Casper, has been moved online for 2020.

“This decision was made by the WLA Executive Board with input from library directors and staff from around the state and reflects a common-sense response to reduced budgets and ongoing public health concerns,” said Jacob Mickelsen, WLA Vice President, in an email.

Rather than holding its regular sessions digitally, WLA has decided to try a different approach for this conference. They plan to arrange for a smaller number of bigger presenters, focusing on timely and relevant subjects to libraries in 2020 and beyond.

Jacob thanks those who have already submitted program proposals and hopes they’ll consider holding on to those until the next in-person conference or regional gathering.

WLA Call for Conference Proposals



The 2020 Wyoming Library Association conference will be held October 8-9 at the Clarion Inn at Platte River, 123 West E St, in Casper.

Your program proposals are wanted! Do you have experience to share in a topic of interest? A successful program others could try? Whatever type of library you work in, WLA encourages you to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with colleagues from across the state.

Submit your proposal online by July 31, 2020. Proposals may be either 60 or 90 minutes in length. The conference planning committee will review proposals by August 31.

Whether you plan on presenting or not, the WLA conference is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

Need assistance with travel and registration? Always remember that Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants are available for library continuing education. There are six grant deadlines during the year; apply by the July 31 deadline to be eligible for funding for the WLA conference.

WLA Book Award Winners Announced



Annually, the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

Thanks to all the participating libraries and for those who encouraged students to read and vote! Our congratulations go out to this year’s winners.

Buckaroo Book Awards

  • Winner: Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating
  • 1st Runner-Up: Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

Download the poster in PDF or JPG.

Indian Paintbrush Book Awards

  • Winner: Hero by Jennifer Li Shotz
  • 1st Runner-Up: Resistance by Jennifer Nielse
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Download the poster in PDF or JPG.

Soaring Eagle Book Awards

  • Winner: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • 1st Runner-Up: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • 2nd Runner-Up: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Download the poster in PDF or JPG.

Deadline Nearing for WLA Awards



Know a library, library worker, or library supporter who deserves recognition? You have just one more month to nominate them for a Wyoming Library Association award!

The WLA’s Awards/Grants Committee is accepting nominations until May 31, 2020 in three categories:

  • Outstanding Hero/Heroine – recognizes an outstanding person or group whose hard work has made a difference to a Wyoming library within the last two years.
  • Outstanding Librarian – recognizes the significant and outstanding accomplishments of a library employee in the past year, including service to the public and/or library community.
  • Outstanding Library – recognizes a significant special project completed within the last two years.

Learn more and submit your nominations on the WLA’s Awards/Grants Committee page.

If you have any questions about the awards, grants or scholarships available through the Wyoming Library Association, contact committee chair Anna Street at anna@ccpls.org.

Book Awards Deadline Nears



An important deadline is fast approaching. Three book awards for K-12 children and teens, sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association, are taking nominations for 2021 titles, but the deadline is looming!

Nominations are due to the committees by March 1. Nominations come from students and their teacher or librarian inputs them on the form.

See the criteria and submit your nominations at wyla.org/Book-Award-Committees.

The awards are selected by age group: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. This is a great opportunity for the children and teens you work with to engage with reading and weigh in on the new titles they love best.

Potluck Dishes Still Needed for WLA Reception



The Wyoming Library Association is counting on YOU — if you’re planning to attend the 2020 WLA Legislative Reception and would like to partake in the annual potluck dinner, bring a contribution! There are not currently enough sign-ups to provide food for both legislators and library guests, and there is still a dire need for entreés, sides, desserts, and options for restrictive diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, etc.).

Contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337 to sign-up for food donations ASAP. Cash donations to the Wyoming Library Association are also welcome; please contact Abby Beaver, WLA President, at (307) 777-5913 or abby.beaver@wyo.gov.

The reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on February 20, and it will be preceded by a legislative update at 5:00 p.m. We hope to see you and your dish this Thursday at the Wyoming State Library in Cheyenne!

Deadline Extended for Library Leadership Applications



The deadline to apply for the 2020 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute has been extended until March 15. WLLI will be held July 31 – August 1 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

PLEASE NOTE: The information and application that was posted originally had an incorrect email address. Completed applications should be sent to wyllinstitute@gmail.com.

Learn more and apply by March 15.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) provides an opportunity for librarians and others associated with libraries to learn about leadership potential. These acquired skills will be used to benefit their library, community and library association involvement.

WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It’s not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration — it’s about leading from wherever you are in your organization.

Questions? Contact Rachael Svoboda at rsvoboda@lclsonline.org or (307) 773-7200, Jacque Strike at jstrike@sublettecountylibrary.org or (307) 367-4114, or Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642.

Apply Now for Wyoming Library Leadership Institute



Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute that will be held July 31 – August 1 in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Application deadline is March 1.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI) provides an opportunity for librarians and others associated with libraries to learn about leadership potential. These acquired skills will be used to benefit their library, community and library association involvement.

WLLI is a tool for nurturing both degreed and non-degreed individuals in leadership roles. It’s not a workshop on becoming a library director or a workshop on library administration — it’s about leading from wherever you are in your organization.

Learn more and find application materials on the Wyoming Library Association website. Completed applications should be sent to wyllinstitute@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact Rachael Svoboda at rsvoboda@lclsonline.org or (307) 773-7200, Jacque Strike at jstrike@sublettecountylibrary.org or (307) 367-4114, or Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3642.

Legislative Reception Potluck Reminder



Only three weeks remain! If you’re planning to attend the 2020 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception, please consider bringing a potluck dish. WLA is still in need of entreés, sides, desserts, salads, and options for restrictive diets (gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, etc.). This event would Flounder without your help, so Scuttle on over to the sign-up list today!

Contact Jessica Dawkins at jessica.dawkins@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6337 to sign up for food donations. Cash donations to the Wyoming Library Association are also welcome; please contact Abby Beaver, WLA President, at (307) 777-5913 or abby.beaver@wyo.gov.

We hope to see you the evening of Thursday, February 20, in Cheyenne!