Category Archives: WSL News

Snapshot Day Less Than Two Months Away

Gillette College Daly Library on Snapshot Day 2017. Click the image to see more.

Wyoming Snapshot Day is less than two months away on October 9, 2018. We have 26 libraries of all types signed up already, and we’d love to add yours to the list.

On Snapshot Day we collect and share the photos, videos, and stories that tell the story of your libraries’ value every day of the year. Your contributions are used for publicity and advocacy, including with legislators at the Wyoming Library Association reception planned for February. You can see last year’s Snapshot Day results on the website.

Participation is simple — take photos, collect comments, and/or shoot video showing life in your library and send it to Susan Mark at the Wyoming State Library. If your library’s policies do not allow photos of patrons or students, staff and library pictures are welcome. If October 9 is not a good date at your library, feel free to pick a different date around them.

You can do as little or as much as you’d like; even a handful of photos contributes to the overall picture. Interested? Contact Susan at or (307) 777-5915 to sign up or with any questions. Hope you will join us!

Gagliano on ‘Discover Great Places Through Reading’ List

Is it True, a collection of humorous poems by Wyoming Poet Laureate Eugene Gagliano and illustrated by Sarah Bradstreet, will be featured at the 2018 National Book Festival as part of the “Discover Great Places Through Reading” list.

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage.

See all of this year’s Great Reads by state or download the entire list.

The 2018 National Book Festival will take place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 1. Two Wyoming State Library staffers — Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian, and Cary Dunlap, Marketing Manager — will represent Wyoming at its booth in the festival’s Pavilion of the States.

Pollok is A&I’s Employee of the Quarter

Wyoming State Library Legislative Librarian Travis Pollok (center) was selected as Employee of the Quarter by the Department of Administration and Information. Pictured with him are Abby Beaver, WSL Information Services Manager, and Dean Fausset, A&I Director.

From the nomination:

“In mid-January, Travis applied for and was hired to fill a new position within the State Library. For the past two months he has attempted to do the work of his old position as well as his new position while waiting for a new hire to arrive. He has done an admirable job keeping the day-to-day projects of both positions on track. Additionally, Travis took on the opportunity to assist A&I Accounting and GSD with a Contracts database project. The timing for this project could not have come at a worse time, but Travis saw the importance of the work and found a way to manage his time so that other Divisions could be served.”

The Wyoming State Library is a division of the Department of A&I.

WSL Closes at Noon July 25 for Frontier Days

From the June 27, 1922 WYOMING STATE LEDGER, found in Wyoming Newspapers.

The Wyoming State Library will close at noon on Wednesday, July 25, for Cheyenne Day. We shall be back bright and early and back to our regularly scheduled library services on Thursday, July 26. We hope those of you who are in the area enjoy this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days, the “Daddy of ’em All.”

July 2018 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the July 2018 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month.

Have news you’d like included? Contact Susan Mark, WSL publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Send Your Updates for the Wyoming Libraries Directory

site logoAt this time of year, as public library boards are changing over, we’d like to send a reminder out to all libraries and their staffs to check the Wyoming Libraries Directory to make sure your listing is current.

The Directory is a resource the Wyoming State Library provides to help librarians connect and to help patrons find library locations and contacts. We rely on you to keep it current. Please take a few minutes and check your information. Updates may be sent to Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at She may also be reached at (307) 777-5915.

Welcome Jessica Dawkins to the WSL

Jessica Dawkins

Jessica Dawkins has joined the Wyoming State Library crew as our new Services Collection Technician in the Information Services office. She will oversee the maintenance of the Wyoming State Libraries physical collections and work on book processing and repair, as well as metadata in the digital collection suite. She’ll also help out with marketing and publications.

“Jessica brings a lot of skills and talent to our team,” said Abby Beaver, Information Services Manager. “I’m thrilled to add someone to our staff who’s at the beginning of her library career and is eager to learn about what we can provide to libraries across the state.”

Jessica started taking college courses at age 16 with the intent of becoming a children’s book author and found an equally strong passion for graphic design. She received her Associate’s degree in Mass Media: Multimedia from Laramie County Community College, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in December with a Bachelor’s in English. During the last few semesters, she developed a love for research and theoretical analysis and hopes to continue her education with a Master’s in Library Science and, ultimately, to earn a PhD.

She was able to combine her love of design and writing by serving as online editor of LCCC’s Wingspan, and copydesk editor at UW’s Branding Iron. She’s also spent a great deal of her spare time volunteering at public libraries.

Jessica has lived all over the country — Alabama, Alaska, South Carolina, and now, Wyoming. “The one thing consistent in all of these places was the comfort and power of the local library, she said. “I’m incredibly excited to join the Wyoming State Library — it’s living my dream! I’m hoping to soak up as much knowledge and information as I possibly can in the upcoming weeks as I find my place here.”

In the long run, she’d like to be able to help residents, especially patrons with disabilities and students of all ages, understand all the resources the WSL has available for them.

Some fun facts about Jessica: She’s obsessed with Shakespeare and 18th Century Romantic Literature, and her favorite book is Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. In her spare time, she writes poetry, essays, and short stories and hopes to be able to finish a full-length novel someday.

Her favorite hobby, other than writing, is photography, particularly abstract and nature-based photography. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera by my side, documenting everyday life and special occasions throughout the years.”

Wyoming Library Laws 2018 Now Available

The 2018 edition of Wyoming Library Laws has been posted on the Wyoming State Library website. This annual publication is a ready reference to the range of statutes affecting Wyoming libraries. The statutes in Library Laws are extracted, not printed in their entirety, so this is intended as a ready reference only. The WSL recommends that libraries consult the full text of Wyoming Statutes and visit with their legal counsel when faced with difficult issues.

Questions? Our Library Development Office is ready to assist. Contact LDO Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

WSL Closed on Independence Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will reopen at our regular hours on Thursday, July 5.

We celebrate the July 4 holiday in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on that date in 1776. Learn more about the Declaration from the National Archives.

Although we won’t be in the building, you can still check out reading material online — ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and digital magazines — through

Curious about how Independence Day was celebrated in Wyoming’s yesteryear? Read all about it in Wyoming Newspapers, our archived trove of the state’s historical newspapers. In this image from the July 4, 1885 Big Horn Sentinel, you can see the big events planned for Sheridan.

Wyoming Snapshot Day Set for October 9

Moorcroft Branch Library, Wyoming Snapshot Day 2017

Wyoming Snapshot Day 2018 is on the calendar, so mark yours now. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 9.

On Snapshot Day, we gather photos and stories from libraries around the state to share how libraries make a difference in their communities every single day.

Interested in signing up your library? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Publications Specialist, at