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WLA Legislative Reception a Success

Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow (facing camera) joined the crowd of legislators, librarians, and others at the WLA Legislative Reception February 7.

Last Thursday’s Wyoming Library Legislative Reception drew a crowd of more than 75, including about 25 state legislators. We were also treated to a visit by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

Natrona County Library Director Lisa Scroggins gave a legislative update preceding the event. Lisa is Chair of WLA’s Legislative Committee. Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus (not pictured) also provided updates.

As usual, the row of crockpots was a hit. When legislators spend two months away from home, living on restaurant food, a night of home cooking is a welcome treat.

Legislators and librarians visit at the tables.

The annual legislative reception is a time when Wyoming librarians have a chance to mingle with their legislators and let them know how much their support is appreciated.

WLA Reception Only 2 Days Away

The Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception is just two days away! Hurry, hurry! It’s not too late!

If you’re bringing a potluck dish to the 2019 reception and haven’t yet signed up, please do so now! If you haven’t thought about it, please consider bringing a dish. We need your help to make this event Wonderland-iful!

Contact Jessica Dawkins at and (307) 777-6337. Cash donations directed to WLA are also welcome; please contact Laura Grott, WLA Executive Secretary, at (307) 632-7622 or

No need to stop and paint the roses, and don’t lose your head—hurry over to the year’s most wonderful library event of all! We’ll see you this Thursday, February 7, in Cheyenne! Event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. Arrive early at 5:00 p.m. for a legislative update.

Nominations Open for Wyoming Book Awards

2018 Indian Paintbrush winner, The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again: the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association invite you to submit nominations for the 2019-2020 Wyoming Book Awards.

Each year, these two organizations jointly sponsor the awards to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books. Submit your nominations at these links for the three awards:

Voting will open sometime around February 1 and continue through March 15 when both voting and nominations close. The sooner the nominations come in the better — it allows the committees more time to read each title and helps them to generate the lists more quickly after voting closes.

Questions? Contact Richard Landreth at or get in touch with any of the Wyoming Book Award committee chairs.

WLA Unveils New Website

The Wyoming Library Association has a fresh, new website on the Wild Apricot platform. Intended to improve communication and member benefits, the site features an updated look and feel and improved functionality.

WLA Vice-President Abby Beaver, Communications Advisor Elizabeth Thorson, Executive Secretary Laura Grott, and Wyoming State Library Marketing Lead Cary Dunlap managed the website migration. The new site is not only more attractive, it’s easier for the web administrators to update content and manage members. As a bonus, it’s less expensive, saving WLA money.

Members are encouraged to peruse the site at and let Laura or Abby know if any information is missing or incorrect. Questions may also be directed to Laura at or Abby at

Potluck Dishes Needed for Legislative Reception

Potluck dishes are still needed for the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception at the Wyoming State Library on February 7.

What sets the WLA reception apart from the many others is the food. Delicious potluck dishes are a welcome treat for legislators away from home and living on restaurant fare during the session. Your help makes this possible. If you can bring a dish of any type — entree, salad, dessert, side, bread, appetizer — please sign up with Jessica Dawkins at or (307) 777-6337.

While all contributions are welcome, hot dishes are particularly appreciated. Please let Jessica know if you need an electrical outlet. You can also make monetary contributions to the reception by sending your donation to the Wyoming Library Association at P.O. Box 1387, Cheyenne WY 82003.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on February 7 here at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. It will be preceded at 5:00 p.m. with a legislative update.

Submit Program Proposals for WLA Conference

The 2019 Wyoming Library Association conference will be held August 7-9 at the Little America Hotel & Resort at 2800 West Lincolnway in Cheyenne. The 7th will be devoted to school libraries, with the main conference on August 8-9.

Your program proposals are wanted! Do you have expertise 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 know-how with colleagues from across the state.

Submit your proposal online by March 31, 2019. Proposals must be 45-60 minutes in length. The conference planning committee will review proposals by April 30.

Whether you plan on presenting or not, you won’t want to miss this learning and networking opportunity. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

Need assistance with travel and registration? Always remember that Carol McMurry Library Endowment grants are available for library continuing education.

Tasty Treats Needed for Legislative Reception

The Wyoming Library Association legislative reception will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Wyoming State Library in Cheyenne. The reception will begin at 5:30pm, and a potluck dinner will be served at the event, but we need your help to make it happen! Appetizers, hot dishes, sides, salads, and desserts are all welcome. If you would like to attend and participate in the potluck dinner, please contact Jessica Dawkins at or (307) 777-6337. Please indicate whether you will need an electrical outlet for hot dishes.

Monetary donations toward the reception are also welcome. Make checks payable to the Wyoming Library Association and indicate in the memo line that it’s for the legislative reception. Mail to WLA at P.O. Box 1387 Cheyenne, WY 82003.

The reception will be preceded by a legislative update at 5 p.m.

Save the Date for the WLA Legislative Reception

Pencil it in now, and make plans to attend: the 2019 Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne.

Library directors, employees, trustees, and volunteers are encouraged to be there. It’s a great opportunity to thank your Wyoming senators, representatives, and elected officials for their support of libraries and to offer them an evening of home-cooked food. The event will be preceded by a legislative update at 5 p.m.

Our Library Development Office is currently planning training sessions in conjunction with the reception earlier that day and on Friday morning, February 8. Details coming soon.

If you can bring a potluck dish, please contact Jessica Dawkins at the Wyoming State Library at or (307) 777-6337 and indicate what you will bring and whether you will need an electrical outlet.

WLA Names Natrona County Library ‘Outstanding Library of the Year’

The Wyoming Library Association (WLA) has named the Natrona County Library “Outstanding Library of the Year.” The award is given for a significant special project completed within the last two years. In this case, the Natrona County Library’s Creation Station was recognized. The only Makerspace in Casper, the Creation Station transformed an aging and inflexible building into a dynamic and flexible space that provides the community with 21st century innovations and ingenuities.

Initiated by the Natrona County Library’s Executive Director Lisa Scroggins, the Creation Station Committee consisted of Kate Mutch, Betsy O’Neil, Jerry Jones, Gayla Peterman, Gary Collums, and Jennifer Beckstead. In addition, Natrona County Library Foundation Executive Director Beth Worthen worked tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to make the Creation Station a reality. The Creation Station was funded through private donations.

The library was honored at an award ceremony emceed by WLA President Kate Mutch on Wednesday, September 12 at 1 p.m. at the Natrona County Library.