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Grant Award Promotes Computer Science in Wyoming

From UW News

The National Science Foundation recently awarded nearly $1 million to support the inclusion of computer science education in Wyoming schools and libraries.

The grant, sponsored by the University of Wyoming, will be branded as Wyoming’s Schools and Libraries Integrating Computer Science Education (WySLICE) and will prepare 150 K-8 teachers and Wyoming librarians from all disciplines to integrate computer science into their curricula. The grant award lasts through July 2022.

The Wyoming State Library is a community partner on the project. The WSL will help coordinate any programs and trainings in local public and community college libraries that are scheduled in addition to the ones planned in the schools. State Librarian Jamie Markus is a member of the WySLICE Community Engagement Advisory Board.

The Wyoming Legislature recently mandated that computer science instruction be provided in K-12 schools by 2022. The grant application was backed with letters of support from former Gov. Matt Mead, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, and 17 other partners.

UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Assistant Professor Mike Borowczak led the grant application and will oversee research throughout the project.

“Computer science is rapidly becoming a need-to-know competency for all,” Borowczak says. “WySLICE will study how to enable our students and communities to be exposed to fundamental computer science concepts in an integrated fashion that goes beyond just programming.”

Learn more from UW News.

Librarian of Congress to Visit Wyoming

Wyoming library staff are invited to a reception with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, on Friday, September 6, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Library, located at 2200 Pioneer Ave. in Cheyenne. Hayden will offer her remarks at 5:30 p.m.

The Librarian of Congress was invited  to visit Wyoming by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, who will also be at the reception.

Dr. Hayden will meet with Wyoming library directors earlier in the day during the annual Directors’ Work Session, which will also be held at the Laramie County Library.

From the Library of Congress website:

“Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.

“Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979.

“Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.”

From the Stacks: Vacationland Wyoming

Did you know the Wyoming State Library houses some historic marketing campaigns published by state agencies? “Live and work in Vacationland Wyoming,” say two Wyoming Natural Resource Board brochures from 1957 and 1960. Decorated with art stylistic of their time, the pamphlets contain information on transportation, power, business and health climates, living conditions, and natural resources throughout Wyoming in an effort to bring more citizens to the state.

“Wonderful Wyoming is one of the nation’s favorite playgrounds. A major portion of the state, eighth largest in the U.S., is given over to national forests, national parks and national monuments.”

Each brochure has a map featuring some of the highlights of Wyoming at the time, including a “jackalope area” near Douglas, Star Valley cheese, and various natural resources and production areas for sugar, iron, phosphate, and bentonite.

The Wyoming State Library is the official depository for these and other Wyoming state government publications. You can search our catalog for more or browse our digitized documents in the Wyoming State Publications database. Need help finding the state government information you’re looking for? Contact our reference staff for assistance at or (307) 777-6333.


New Books at the WSL

The latest additions to our professional library science collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at or (307) 777-6339.

Engaging design : creating libraries for modern users
Decker, Emy Nelson
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2018]

Government information essentials
Caro, Susanne, 1980-
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2018.

2017 academic library trends and statistics
Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018.

Chief Washakie Statue Visits State Library

“Chief Washakie,” by Dave McGary (1958-2013)

If you’re in town for Cheyenne Frontier Days, take a side trip to the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. to see its distinguished visitor “Chief Washakie,” a bronze by sculptor Dave McGary (1958-2013), the smaller version of the two that are housed in the Wyoming State Capitol and in the U.S. Capitol Visitors’ Center Emancipation Hall. The statue is on temporary loan to the WSL and currently graces the library’s main reading room.

According to Architect of the Capitol, Washakie, born around 1800, was a renowned warrior. Around the year 1840, he united several Shoshone bands. Realizing that the expansion of white civilization into the West was inevitable, he negotiated with the army and the Shoshone to ensure the preservation of over three million acres in Wyoming’s Wind River country for his people—this valley remains the home of the Shoshone today. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.

Washakie also successfully negotiated for part of the hot springs in Thermopolis to remain free and open to the public in perpetuity.

While you’re here, you can peruse the Congressional records, treaties, federal documents, and other resources pertaining to the Shoshone and other Native American peoples. Also on display at the State Library is the “Two Nations” exhibit from Wyoming Humanities–ThinkWY that details the history of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

You can take a virtual visit, too, and read accounts of Chief Washakie in Wyoming Newspapers ( With a Wyoming library card or in a Wyoming library you can also explore the many resources available in

Either way, know that our librarians are always available to help you find information. Stop by the front desk if you’re in the building, or contact us at (307) 777-6333 or

WSL Closing at Noon on Cheyenne Day

The Wyoming State Library will close at noon on Wednesday, July 24, for Cheyenne Day. Our offices will be open that morning.

We will resume normal hours on Thursday, July 25.

One hundred years ago, Cheyenne Frontier Days was held just after Session Law Chapter 25 took effect making it “unlawful for any person directly or indirectly, to manufacture, sell, transport, export, receive, deliver, possess, barter, solicit or take orders for, give·away or furnish, any intoxicating liquors, or possess any equipment for making such liquor…”

But some argued the State of Wyoming wasn’t “dry” just yet. Read the story in the July 23, 1919 Wyoming State Tribune.

State Library Closes at Noon on July 10

The Wyoming State Library will close at noon this Wednesday, July 10, for the State Capitol Open House and Celebration. We will resume normal hours on Thursday. Hope you can join the crowd for this great event!

Cheyenne Student Places Nationally in Letters About Literature

A Wyoming student has placed nationally in the Letters About Literature contest, a Library of Congress writing competition. The program, concluding its 27th year, asks students in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives. More than 29,000 students from across the country participated in this year’s initiative.

Saimaa Widi of Cheyenne received a National Honor Award in Level 2 (grades 7-8) competition, along with a prize of $500. Widi was inspired by the poem “Why Am I Not Good Enough” by Olivia Vella.

“I saw myself in the words you were speaking, realizing how many times I had felt the way you said you felt,” Widi wrote. “I watched that video over and over and over again, holding on to everything you were saying. That’s the day I became a whole lot happier.”

Widi’s letter, along with those from other state-level winners, may be found on the Wyoming State Library’s website at

The Wyoming Center for the Book is a program of the State Library. Letters About Literature is promoted by the Library’s Center for the Book through its affiliated state centers, state libraries, state humanities councils and other organizations. Learn more at

Wyoming Library Laws 2019 Now Available

The 2019 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.

Wyoming State Library Closed on July 4

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. We will resume our normal hours on Friday, 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 Or you can peruse our Digital Collection Suite of historical Wyoming information.