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Wyoming State Library Closed for Memorial Day



Nashville National Cemetery as the morning fog liftsThe Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, May 31.

Learn more about the history of Memorial Day from the Library of Congress.

Though library doors will be closed, you can still check out an e-book, e-audiobook, and more. Visit the Wyoming Virtual Library — free to Wyoming residents with a library card and PIN.

New Books at the Wyoming State Library



These latest additions to the Wyoming State Library’s professional development collection are available to you through WYLDCat. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

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Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions 4th ed.
Kenneth D. Crews
Chicago, Illinois : ALA Editions, 2020

Grant Writing Workshop Recordings and Resources Available



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We had a great crowd attend the Grant Writing for Every Occasion online workshop May 4-5. If you were in attendance, please take a minute to take our brief survey. Your responses will help in planning for future training events.

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Recordings and handouts

If you couldn’t join us live, or if you want to review what you learned, we now have the recordings and resources folder for Grant Writing for Every Occasion available:

Questions?

Please contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov with any questions.

Cybersecurity for Everyone: Mal, Mis and Dis Information



Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge

The School Video Challenge was created to encourage Wyoming middle and high school classrooms to create original video content promoting public cybersecurity awareness as part of the Cyber-in-a-Box program. This video was created by the Campbell County High School’s Journalism Club in Gillette, Wyoming.

See more cybersecurity videos at library.wyo.gov/wyocan

The Wyoming State Library partners with the Wyoming CAN (Cybersecurity Action Network) Committee, to offer this free “cyber-in-a-box” educational program. This 10-minute video-based program is designed to be distributed at local libraries to increase cyber safety in Wyoming communities.

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Explore Wyoming Patents for Earth Day and Arbor Day



Cartoon drawing of man, woman, girl planting trees. Text reads: “Plant a Tree.”April is a month of not one, but two environmentally based holidays. The older of the two is Arbor Day, started in 1872 in Nebraska and celebrated statewide on April 10, 1874. Arbor Day’s main goal is to help promote the planting of trees, thus its name. We now celebrate it as a national holiday on the last Friday of April. While Arbor Day has reached its 150th Anniversary, Earth Day is only two years past its 50th birthday. This much more recent celebration was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day’s aim is to promote awareness of and activism toward ecological issues.

As we celebrate these holidays, let’s see some of the ecological inventions from our Wyoming Inventors database. Starting off is an innovation on hydroponic displays. US Patent 8,365,466 offers grocery store shoppers the option to buy fresh picked vegetables. Hydroponics allows for more food with less water use.

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Another inventor focused on a way to use an untapped resource in the form of an innovative car sunshade. US D708,558 combines a traditional sunshade with solar panels. This 2014 invention uses the sun to create electricity while preventing your car from getting too hot.

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Our final invention is US 1,0724,224. This works to prevent water pollution, before it enters into the water cycle. By adding a filter to storm drains this patent aims to filter out pollutants as they drain off of the roads and fields.

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Explore more in Wyoming Inventors. Have patent questions? The Wyoming State Library has answers! Visit our Patent and Trademark Resource Center page to learn more.

Network of The National Library of Medicine Visits with the WSL



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The Library Development Office team’s visit with the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4. From left to right: Chris Van Burgh WSL Database Instruction Librarian; Conrrado Saldivar, Outreach and Development Librarian; Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant; David Brown, NNLM Region 4 Engagement Specialist; Brian Greene, Library Development Manager.

On April 14, David Brown, Public Health Engagement Specialist for the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4, visited the Wyoming State Library. He met with State Librarian Jamie Markus and the Library Development Office (LDO) team and listened to LDO’s thoughts and ideas. Several ideas were shared about potential partnership opportunities between the state library and other libraries in Wyoming. David received a tour of the State Library and learned about the processes the library uses to engage with the citizens and other libraries in the state. David was able to promote several NNLM resources, and there seemed to be interest in some of the NNLM’s products and services.

The group discussed what products and services NNLM Region 4 can offer to the different library constituencies in Wyoming. One topic was telehealth and a potential new project that would allow public libraries to host a telehealth booth in their libraries. Another was a project revolving around partnerships related to libraries and other professionals such as social workers and public health experts.  Also discussed were misinformation and disinformation, and the issues the public library staff have been facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  The group talked about professional development and potential opportunities to offer trainings to allow librarians and library staff to earn their Certified Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

Overall, this was a rewarding experience for all and hopefully these conversations will continue throughout Wyoming and the rest of Region 4. If anyone is interested in having a discussion or would like to learn more about the products and services of Contact NNLM Region 4 to learn more about NNLM products and services to further discuss opportunities and possibilities.

Register Now on Zoom for Free Grant Writing Workshop



Have you heard we have a free workshop coming up to help you raise more money from grants? Grant Writing for Every Occasion is a two-day online workshop that will be held May 4-5, 2022. It’s brought to you by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

We now have the agenda and Zoom links for each day available, so the pre-registration form has closed. You may now register directly on Zoom.

If you pre-registered, please sign up on Zoom below to receive your links to the two meeting days.

Each day features three instructional sessions, followed by an optional “Ask questions, share knowledge” open discussion with other participants and the presenter.

Full agenda and registration links below. Please register separately for each day.

All times are Mountain Daylight Time.

Day 1 Agenda (May 4)

Register for Day 1 on Zoom

  • Session 1: Getting started (8-9 a.m.)
    First steps, finding funders, proposal components
  • Session 2: What’s the problem? And who are you? (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
    Beneficiary need and organizational credibility
  • Session 3: What will you do about it? (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Objectives, methods, evaluation
  • Open discussion (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
    Ask questions and share your knowledge (optional)

Day 2 Agenda (May 5)

Register for Day 2 on Zoom

  • Session 4: Money, money, money (8-9 a.m.)
    Budget, justification, sustainability
  • Session 5: Wrapping it all up (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
    Summary, presentation, documentation, next steps
  • Session 6: Conversation with Dan Stokes (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Identifying the appropriate federal grant program for your project and creating an application tailored to particular programs
  • Open discussion (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
    Ask questions and share your knowledge (optional)

Meet the presenters

Sessions 1-5

Portrait photographSusan Mark is the Outreach Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. Susan is one of two coordinators for the WSL’s federal Library Service and Technology Act grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She’s written grants successfully for nonprofits and state government agencies, managed grant contracts, served on grant review committees, and conducted grant writing workshops.

Session 6

Dan Stokes portraitDan Stokes is Director for State Programs at the NHPRC. His specializations include state and local government records, Native American records and projects, architectural records, and consultant grants. He began working for the NHPRC in 1987 and became Director for State Programs in 2009. He is responsible for the state board grant program and the archives collaboratives grant program.

Questions?

Questions about Grant Writing for Every Occasion may be directed to Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov, (307) 777-5915, or Sara Davis at sara.davis@wyo.gov, (307) 777-8691.


This workshop is supported in part by an award from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB), through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. The WY SHRAB program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Spotlight on Government Information: Spring Gardening



Woman hand planting petunias in a summer garden.Spring is here and the signs are everywhere. Temperatures are getting warmer, birds are singing, and tulips are starting to bloom. The famous saying is “April showers bring May flowers.” If that’s true, it’s time for people to plan their garden spaces and sow some seeds — and government information can help.

Gardening not only benefits the planet, it also contributes to the mental and physical health of the gardener. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. And the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating an area for growing herbs, food, and flowers. Check out these valuable resources for tips and guidance on topics related to gardening.

Pollinator gardens are appealing to a variety of bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. Use the Gardening for Pollinators site and a regional planting guide to select native plants that will thrive in a specific climate and lure local pollinators.

Hydroponics and aquaponics are alternative garden systems that offer soilless options for growing plants. Rain gardens help conserve water by capturing storm runoff and allowing it to soak into the ground where it is used by grasses and other plants.

Home and community gardens encourage meaningful social interactions and promote healthy eating. Gardening enthusiasts are directly involved in the process of growing fresh foods that they will consume or share with neighbors.

Seed libraries are a way for novice and expert gardeners to experiment with growing a variety of plants. Cheyenne, Gillette, and Laramie are several of the communities across Wyoming that host seed libraries.

Individuals without a green thumb are able to explore gardening without getting their hands dirty. Take a virtual tour or plan a visit to the United States Botanic Garden. Discover numerous plants that are used to make teas, medicines, and fragrances at the National Herb Garden in Washington, DC. Learn how astronauts grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers without gravity in the Space Garden.

Design and plant a garden this April, appreciate the health benefits throughout the summer, and harvest a bounty in a few short months.

Cybersecurity for K-12 Students: Meet the CyBear Family



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Find this month’s video and more.

The Wyoming State Library partners with the Wyoming CAN (Cybersecurity Action Network) Committee, to offer this free “cyber-in-a-box” educational program. This 10-minute video-based program is designed to be distributed at local libraries to increase cyber safety in Wyoming communities.

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New Books at the Wyoming State Library



These latest additions to the Wyoming State Library’s collection are available to you through WYLDCAT. Questions, comments, or suggestions for purchase may be directed to Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

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Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement
Megan Lotts
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

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Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships
Bess G. de Farber
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Library Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Barbara Klipper and Carrie Banks
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Library Programming for Autistic Children and Teens
Amelia Anderson; foreword by Barbara Klipper
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

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On the go with Senior Services: Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place
Phyllis Goodman
Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2020]

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The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers off the Sidelines
Paula Willey and Andria L. Amaral
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2021]

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Pivoting During the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere
edited by Kathleen M. Hughes and Jamie Santoro
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement
Elaina Norlin
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Supporting Trans People in Libraries
Stephen G. Krueger
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2019]

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A Trauma-Informed Framework for Supporting Patrons: The PLA Workbook of Best Practices
The Public Library Association Social Worker Task Force
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2022