The Roundup was first published in September of 1942 by the Wyoming State Library Association, “mimeographed and distributed” by the Wyoming State Library. That first issue reflected the library concerns of the time with articles on “LIBRARIES AND THE WAR” and “VICTORY BOOK CAMPAIGN.”
Intended as a quarterly, it was published twice that year, then not again until 1946. In the old issues of the Roundup, you can find proceedings of the WSLA (now WLA) conferences, library statistics, news from around the state (including favorite book picks), and more.
In 1990, the Roundup ended publication after 48 years of informing the Wyoming library community. It was revived in 2004 as a joint publication of the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Library Association on a (mostly) quarterly basis until 2015, when it was again discontinued.
The Outrider launched in January of 1969 as a publication of the Wyoming State Library, and it’s another good source of the state’s library history. The Outrider was published until 2011, when the State Library moved to a blog format. In 2016, with the retirement of the Roundup, the State Library decided to bring back The Outrider as a monthly email newsletter with items excerpted from the blog.
The WSL’s Marketing and Publications Team is responsible for The Outrider, which goes out monthly to nearly a thousand subscribers. (Sign up here if you’re not receiving it!) We welcome submissions and story ideas from libraries around the state. Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915 if you have news you’d like included.
One of the most common questions to prepare for during the census is, “Who do I count?” If there is a human being living in your house for the majority of the time, you count them in your household. Grandparents, children, friends, siblings, cousins, spouses, significant others — count them all!
A common misconception about the census is to only count the blood-relatives living in a household, or to only count the permanent residents, but if a human being is living in a house as of Census Day on April 1, 2020, and has no other home where they spend more time, they need to be counted at that address regardless of familial relations.
Children are one of the most difficult complete counts to achieve each census. Some people don’t realize the responsibility is up to them. They might think their children’s schools are in charge of taking a count, or it might not occur to them that the census isn’t “just for grown-ups.” Whatever the reason, it’s important to remind your library patrons to count the kids living in their household — infants, toddlers, tweens, and teens — just as they also need to count every adult living in their household. Youth Services Librarians and School Librarians can find more resources to share with your patrons at our Wyoming State Library Census 2020 webpage.
Some groups have special circumstances for being counted, such as military members, inmates, long-term care patients, and off-at-college students, that make the average household count a little tricky. Luckily, the Census Bureau has a webpage especially for finding answers to these questions. Click here for more information.
Why does this simple, little question matter to your library? Every person counts, which means every community — big and small — counts, too! All our Wyoming communities count on accurate statistics and populations in order to provide appropriate funding and opportunities, including funding and opportunities for each and every library across the state. Did you know an average of $900,000 per year in recent federal funding for Wyoming libraries has been based on census numbers? More Wyoming residents counted means more funding for Wyoming libraries!
This year is the first census offers online completion, and patrons may be reaching out to their local library for internet and computer resources. Through training in your library, overall census awareness, and promotion in your community, we can help Wyoming achieve a Complete Count
Less than one week left! The postmark deadline to enter the Wyoming Letters About Literature Writing Contest (library.wyo.gov/letters) is coming up fast on Saturday, January 11, 2020. So if you or someone you know is working on an entry, now’s the time to finish it up and pop it in the mail.
Wyoming students in grades 4-12 can win Amazon gift cards of up to $150. Letters will be judged in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. Both classroom and individual entries are welcome.
Wyoming Letters About Literature is a project of the Wyoming State Library. Questions may be directed to Susan at email@example.com or (307) 777-5915.
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The postmark deadline to enter the Wyoming Letters About Literature Writing Contest (library.wyo.gov/letters) is only one month away on January 11, 2020. Wyoming students in grades 4-12 can win Amazon gift cards of up to $150. Letters will be judged in three levels: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12.
“To enter, read a book that inspires you or gives you a new way to see the world,” said Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library outreach librarian, “It can be one you’ve just picked up, or one you’ve read before. Then write a letter to the author – living or dead – to share how the book affected your life.”
Both classroom and individual entries are welcome. A teaching guide is available that provides activities and addresses how the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading, and writing. Ready-to-print posters to promote the contest are available on the Wyoming State Library website at library.wyo.gov/letters.
Wyoming Letters About Literature is a project of the Wyoming State Library. Questions may be directed to Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-5915 or to Cary Dunlap at email@example.com or (307) 777-6338.