Category Archives: WSL News

Spotlight on Government Information



Star with U.S. flag pattern and banner that says Presidential InaugurationOn January 20, 2021 a new president and vice president will be sworn into office as part of  the 59th Inauguration Day ceremonies. Traditionally speeches and other public events mark the transfer of power from one administration to the next.

What happens behind the scenes to ensure the federal government continues to operate smoothly during a change in leadership? According to this timeline, a Presidential Transition Directory was launched in November 2019. The U.S. General Services Administration outlines other important dates and activities that must occur prior to January 20, 2021. Approximately a year in advance of Inauguration Day, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) in collaboration with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) starts designing and producing items including invitations, tickets, stationary, and other items.

After the November election, the president-elect begins selecting and appointing people to fill important roles in federal agencies and cabinet positions. The Office of Personnel Management develops a guide to assist the incoming president and current agency leadership with policies and regulations to follow during the transition. The Plum Book provides detailed information related to these key positions including names, pay grades, and tenure.

Creative Aging Call for Artists



Circle of people engaged in Creative Aging activity.
Participants in a lifetime arts training. Image courtesy of Lifetime Arts.

Through a partnership between the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming State Library, and Lifetime Arts, training will be provided to teaching artists and librarians throughout the state where they will learn innovative direct arts programming for older adults.

Wyoming has a growing community of elder adults. One effective way to address adverse health effects associated with aging is with intentional arts engagement. This field is referred to as Creative Aging.

The Wyoming Arts Council will co-host, with Lifetime Arts, an informational webinar for artists and library programmers on February 3. Learn more and register.

The Wyoming Arts Council is now accepting applications from Wyoming based artists to participate in a free virtual training on best practices in Creative Aging from March 8-10 Teaching artists who complete this training will have the possibility of being hired by county libraries around the state, who are undergoing similar training, to lead creative aging programs in their libraries.

Learn more and apply. The deadline for applications is Feb. 10.

The selection process is competitive. Only 50 artists from around the state will be selected to participate. Artists who are selected to participate in the training will receive a $50 honorarium to compensate them, in part, for their time. The training is free for teaching artists, paid for in part by a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, please contact Josh Chrysler at the Wyoming Arts Council at joshua.chrysler@wyo.gov or 307-256-2010.

WSL Closed for MLK/Equality Day



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - CIRCA 1999: Stamp printed in USA dedicated to celebrate the century 1960s, shows Martin Luther King, circa 1999The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 19.

From our Wyoming Legislation database, we find that in  1990, the Wyoming State Legislature designated the third Monday in January as a legal holiday, “Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyoming Equality Day.” (1990 Session Laws, Chapter 21)

Noted civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. The Library of Congress has many digitized primary source materials on King in “Today in History – January 15.”

Even More E-books for Kids and Teens



Last month we announced the addition of thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks in cloudLibrary for kids and teens in response to the pandemic. Now, the Wyoming State Library is excited to announce we have even more! In late December, we made an additional $750,000 in cloudLibrary purchases for young readers. In total, nearly $1 million has gone into providing nearly 50,000 digital items to keep those K-12 students reading and learning at home.

We’d like your help promoting these great resources to your own patrons, so we’ve provided a social media kit below for you to use. Please use and repurpose the press release, social media graphics, and suggested posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or use them as idea starters for your own tailored messages. Please spread the word!

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Have a K-12 student learning at home? They can download great #reading any time from cloudLibrary with their Wyoming library card. The State Library has just added thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks just for kids and teens! Find them all at gowyld.libguides.com/econtent

Does your child or teen have their own tablet or smartphone? They can use it to open up a world of #reading! Thousands of ebooks and eaudio for Wyo’s young readers have just been added to GoWYLD.net. Learn more: gowyld.libguides.com/econtent

A pandemic might keep your young student home, but there’s an online library available to them any time through GoWYLD.net. Thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks have just been added for kids and teens. Find them at gowyld.libguides.com/econtent

With a phone, PC, or other device + a library card, your child or teen can read thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks from GoWYLD.net — nearly 50,000 just added! Start their next #reading adventure at gowyld.libguides.com/econtent

Tell your child or teen to pick that cell phone up and start reading! In response to the pandemic, the Wyoming State Library has added nearly 50,000 ebooks and eaudiobooks to GoWYLD.net — free to read with a library card. Find them at gowyld.libguides.com/econtent

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Have a K-12 student learning at home? They can download great reading any time from #cloudLibrary with their Wyoming library card. The State Library has just added thousands of #ebooks and #eaudiobooks just for kids and teens! Visit www.GoWYLD.net and click on Digital Library at the top of the page to find your virtual library.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries

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Does your child or teen have their own tablet or smartphone? They can use it to open up a world of reading! Thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks for Wyoming’s young readers have just been added to your library’s anywhere and at-home resources. Learn more by visiting www.GoWYLD.net and clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries

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A pandemic might keep your young student home, but there’s an online library available to them any time through GoWYLD.net. Thousands of #ebooks and #eaudiobooks have just been added for kids and teens. Find them by visiting www.GoWYLD.net and clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries

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With a phone, PC, or other device and a library card, your child or teen can read thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks from GoWYLD.net—nearly 50,000 items just added! Start their next #readingadventure at www.GoWYLD.net and click on Digital Library at the top of the page or contact our librarians for more information.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries

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Tell your child or teen to pick that cell phone up and start reading! In response to the pandemic, the Wyoming State Library has added nearly 50,000 #ebooks and #eaudiobooks to GoWYLD.net’s electronic resources—free to read with a library card. Find them at www.GoWYLD.net by clicking on Digital Library at the top of the page or contact our librarians for more information.

#wyominglibraries #gowyld #virtuallibrary #librariesareforeveryone #librariestransform #librariesofinstagram #instalibraries

 

Writing Contest Deadline Nearing



The letters are rolling in! Here at the State Library, we’ve been receiving entries for the 2021 Wyoming Letters About Literature contest.

We’d like to remind everyone that the deadline is nearing, and students have less than two weeks to submit their entries by the postmark deadline of Saturday, January 9, 2021. With school out for the holidays, this is a good time for teens and tweens to write a heartfelt letter to their favorite author for the chance to win an Amazon gift card.

Letters About Literature asks students to reflect on a book or other work that has affected them and to write to the author — living or dead — about how that book changed their life or outlook. Letters will be judged in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. In each level, Amazon gift cards will be awarded in the amount of $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Learn more about how to enter the contest.

Wyoming Letters About Literature is a project of the Wyoming State Library. Questions may be directed to Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

WSL Closed on Christmas Day



Artificial Christmas Tree and Antler Apparatus (U.S. Patent 8,323,757)

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Friday, December 25, for the Christmas Day holiday. We will be open our regular hours on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Wondering what the perfect holiday decor is for Wyoming? We present to you the “Artificial Christmas Tree and Antler Apparatus” (U.S. Patent 8,323,757), issued on December 4, 2012. The inventor is Benjamin Charles Barto from Dubois, Wyoming.

An artificial Christmas tree with an array of imitation animal antlers incorporated into the tree to serve as additional branches. The purpose of the incorporated animal antler branches is to provide structural support to the tree so that the device can hold a multitude of Christmas ornaments.

Find this and many other Equality State inventions in Wyoming Inventors, one of six great resources in our Digital Collection Suite.

WSL Helps Spark Democracy Discussion



Stack of "Democracy Under Construction" booksThe Wyoming State Library has partnered with Wyoming Humanities to help the state’s residents better understand the history and current issues impacting democracy.

The State Library will distribute Democracy Under Construction: A Reader by Wyoming Humanities for Wyomingites to read, share, and discuss with their fellow citizens. The book gathers creative and critical writings about democracy — both historical and current. Wyoming public, academic, and high school libraries will receive multiple copies. The WSL will also have reading group kits available to libraries upon request. Book distribution should take place early in 2021.

Learn more and download the reading guide.

The Federation of State Humanities Councils, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, awarded $34,793 to Wyoming Humanities for this initiative intended to help Wyomingites better understand the history and current issues impacting democracy in the U.S., with emphasis on how journalism shapes our nation’s democratic state.