Category Archives: WSL News

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.

The theory and craft of digital preservation
Owens, Trevor
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

The complete guide to RFPs for libraries
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2018]

WSL Closed on Thanksgiving Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Thursday, November 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 29.

Image: Thanksgiving proclamation from J.A. Campbell, the first Governor of the Territory of Wyoming, from the front page of the November 9, 1869, Cheyenne Leader. Click for larger image, or find this and more in Wyoming Newspapers.

November 2019 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the November 2019 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

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

Grant Builds Links Between Incarcerated and Their Children

DVDs to be mailed to the children of participating inmates.

A grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation is building connections between those incarcerated at Wyoming correctional facilities and their children through the power of books.

The Everyone Has a Story project enables inmates to select books for their children and to record themselves reading the books. Along with the book, the Story Project mails the children a DVD of their mother’s recording. Because DVDs may one day be obsolete, they also provide an unlisted YouTube channel for the children to access. The organization started up earlier this year and is currently working with the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

Everyone Has a Story received a $1,340 operating grant from the WYCF to help offset start-up costs for recording equipment and the initial set of book orders for the pilot program this year. So far, 15 different women have participated with 35 children receiving books. The first books and audio recordings went out in April and June. In September, some women participated by video and some by audio. The next recordings go out this month, and those children will receive their books before Christmas.

Everyone Has a Story volunteers (L to R):  Mary Kay Huck, Lisa Barela, Linda Malm, Donna Levengood, and Mirna Ramos.

Mary Kay Huck, founder of Everyone Has a Story, said that the women are very intentional about the books they select for their children, and tell their children why they picked them at the beginning of the recording. Most of the time, it’s because of the message in the book, and sometimes because it was a beloved book of their own when they were growing up. One of the mothers selected the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud for not one, but two of her children. This book’s message is about filling up people’s buckets by showing kindness.

May Kay said one of the mothers calls her four kids every week, sometimes more than once. Even though they hear her voice over the phone, one of her children said, “Mom, it’s so cool to hear you read the book.” Another with three children (ages 11, 12, 13) said her kids “love the books that are sent and they love to read!”

Wyoming State Library Research and Statistics Librarian Thomas Ivie works with the libraries at the state’s five correctional facilities, including the Women’s Center, and encouraged Mary Kay to pursue the grant. Learn more about Everyone Has a Story at

WSL Closed on Veterans Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day, November 11, was first established in 1919 as Armistice Day, to honor the veterans of World War I on the anniversary of that conflict’s end.

Read more about the history of Veterans Day from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Image: The first Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) on November 11, 1919, in the Sheridan Post. (Click for larger image.) Find this and more in Wyoming Newspapers.

Celebrate Women’s Suffrage in Wyoming

As the state of Wyoming nears December 10, 2019 — the Equality State’s sesquicentennial anniversary of women’s suffrage — the Governor’s Council for the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration wants to encourage organizations and communities to participate in statewide celebrations through September 6, 2020.

On December 10, 1869, the Wyoming territory passed the first unconditional law in the United States guaranteeing women their inherent right to vote and hold public office — more than 50 years prior to the U.S. ratification of the 19th amendment. Then on September 6, 1870, the first woman to vote in a general election cast the ballot in Laramie, Wyoming. As the nation prepares for the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment in 2020, Wyoming will continue to celebrate its milestone anniversaries well before.

Wyoming is celebrating not only the women who blazed trails in the 1800s, but all women who have had a positive impact on Wyoming. Check out for  a variety of simple, creative ways for libraries to celebrate and honor the upcoming anniversaries, such as art exhibits or programs. Consider applying to ThinkWY Wyoming Humanities for a humanities/cultural Spark Grant to help your community conduct a suffrage-related event. To learn more about Wyoming’s pioneering history, organizations can secure a speaking engagement through the Governor’s Council for the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration. To request a speaker for your program, email

Are there upcoming events in your library or community? Contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian, at or (307) 777-3642. She’ll help you share your event on Wyoming Tourism’s calendar and within the Wyoming Library Community as well as answer any questions you may have about how to get involved.

New in the WSL Collection

The Wyoming State Library has resources available for librarians both in our professional library science collection and our Patent and Trademark Resource Center collection. Search our catalog to find titles, or contact us for assistance at or (307) 777-6333. Here’s what’s new from October:

 October Books Added

Intellectual property and information rights for librarians
Schlipp, John,
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2019]

October 2019 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the October 2019 Outrider newsletter from the Wyoming State Library. Subscribe today, and we’ll send the Outrider straight to your email inbox each month. You can also see past issues.

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

Spread the Word! Letters About Literature Opens Soon

All ages

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12

Wyoming students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. The 2020 Wyoming Letters About Literature reading and writing contest will open November 1. Postmark deadline for Wyoming entries will be January 11, 2020.

You can help spread the word — we’ve created the promotional posters above to help. Download and print the PDFs, or use the JPGs in your own presentations, emails, newsletters, social media, or any other way you can think of to inspire a teen or tween to enter.

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing promotion program. Entries will be judged at the state level in three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. At each age level, winners will receive an Amazon gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third. Both individual and classroom entries are welcome.

Competition will be held at the state level only. The Library of Congress concluded its support of Letters About Literature with the 2019 contest.

Find more information and a teaching guide at Questions? Contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library Outreach Librarian, at or (307) 777-5915.

Creepy Patents for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, so this month the Wyoming State Library dug deep into the final resting place for U.S. Patents — the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Database. Here we found some creepy and disturbing patents to help get you in the mood for this season of chilling goosebumps! (Click to see larger images… if you dare…)

Learn more about patents through the Wyoming State Library’s Patent & Trademark Resource Center.


(U.S. Patent No. 7,627,935. This patent was granted in 2009 to Deborah R. Ostrum.

This handy device keeps your loved ones close after passing on. This adorable urn even comes with a voice recorder/player for realistic sound!


(U.S. Patent No.748,284). Patented in 1908 by Joseph Karwowski. Never want to be without your departed loved one? Here is a method of preserving them forever. Simply enclose them in sodium silicate and glass!


(U.S. Patent No.9,610,207). Patented in 2017 by Marc A. Fort. Here is a more realistic way to display your loved one’s ashes. Simply place their ashes into this retainer bearing an image that resembles your loved one and hang on the wall.


(U.S. Patent 766,171). Patented in 1904 by Edwin S. Crosby and Ell Ray Henry. This handy device provides for the means to signal both audibly and visually that the departed are not truly departed. Good to have, just in case…


(U.S. Patent No.6,193,578). Patented in 2001 by Thomas Carl Weber. On a lighter note, here is a fun way to house your fish! House your fish in a unique home while impressing your guests with your “Mad Scientist” décor!