Category Archives: WSL News

Pick Up ZooBooks While in Cheyenne

Planning on coming to Cheyenne for the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception on February 7? While you’re here, be sure to pick up a batch of  ZooBooks and dinosaur posters, courtesy of the Wyoming State Library. These books feature beautiful photographs and illustrations alongside in-depth research presented at an elementary school reading level. You can keep them and use them for whatever you’d like — giveaways, programs, community outreach, and more.

The WSL’s Danielle Price will be at the Wyoming State Surplus Property building at 2045 Westland Road. in Cheyenne, ready and willing to help with pickup and loading on Thursday, February 7, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Friday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. To learn more, place your request, and schedule a pickup time, email Danielle at or call her at (307) 777-5918.

‘Path to a Patent’ Series Cancelled

The Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has announced that its “Path to a Patent” series of presentations has been cancelled. The Wyoming State Library was a satellite location for these events, which were scheduled in January and February.

The Wyoming State Library offers intellectual property information through its Patent and Trademark Resource Center. For assistance, contact Karen Kitchens at or (307) 777-7281.

Gorillas and More: Free ZooBooks

The Wyoming State Library has a fantastic collection of ZooBooks and dinosaur posters that are free for you to give away in your communities. For those of you who haven’t seen them, we have more than 80,000 Gorilla ZooBooks and a number of assorted titles. These books feature beautiful photographs and illustrations alongside in-depth research presented at an elementary school reading level. Once you have your selected ZooBooks, they’re yours to keep and use for whatever you like, including:

  • Programs on conservation, using gorillas as a centerpiece and/or starting point to introduce kids to topics like endangered animals and extinction
  • Prizes for Summer Reading (the 2020 theme is Animals) or any other program
  • Treats for kids who visit the library on Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Penguin Awareness Day (January 20 — mark your calendars!), the Ides of March, random Tuesdays….
  • A program on habitats and ecosystems, showing kids how each animal contributes something essential to their environment and food web
  • A program on animal behavior, showing some interesting things gorillas (and perhaps other animals) do and how those things have helped them survive

In addition to ZooBooks, we also have over 8,000 dinosaur posters, all of which are laminated and feature drawings to scale and information on the different dinosaur families, presented in an engaging manner.

If you’re interested, email Danielle Price at or call her at 307-777-5918. Remember: the Legislative Reception is fast approaching, so if you’d like to pick up a few ZooBooks and/or posters around that time, let Danielle know and she’ll work out the details with you.

WSL Closed on New Year’s Day

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for the New Year’s Day holiday. We will be open our normal hours on New Year’s Eve, December 31, and on Wednesday, January 2.

One hundred years ago, the 1919 New Year’s Day edition of the Wyoming State Tribune assured its readers right at the top of the front page that “Consideration And Coordination Will Enable You To Write It January 1919 Instead Of 1918.” (Click for bigger image to see it better.)

Read more historic news of the day in Wyoming Newspapers.

December 2018 Outrider Now Available

Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the December 2018 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 publications specialist, at or (307) 777-5915. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

UPDATED: WSL Closed December 24-25

The Santa Claus Detector

The Wyoming State Library will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday. We will resume our regular hours on Wednesday, December 26. We wish all our patrons and colleagues a happy holiday.

Want to be certain Santa Claus arrived safely at your house? Check out Patent US5523741 Santa Claus Detector. When Santa comes through the chimney, he will break the electrical circuit housed by the stocking, lights and sound go off, announcing his arrival.

Find more patent information from our Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

Pearl Harbor Day Reading from the WSL

Remember Pearl Harbor imageMoments before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, the United States was ‘suddenly and deliberately attacked.’ Hundreds of Japanese fighter planes and bombers launched a surprise assault on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The swift, devastating volley on the U.S. naval base killed 2,403 Americans. With President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “a date which will live in infamy” proclamation, America had finally joined WWII.

Among our government documents from the military in the Wyoming State Library are several titles on Pearl Harbor. You might peruse these books:

Looking for more from our collection on World War II? Contact our service desk at or (307) 777-6333.

One Month Left in Letters About Literature Contest

The deadline for the Letters About Literature student reading/writing contest is just a little over one month away on January 11. The Wyoming State Library invites students in grades 4-12 to read or reread a favorite book and respond with a letter to the author, living or dead, about how the book changed the way they see the world.

Encourage the teens and tweens you work with to enter! Wyoming students could win a $150 Amazon gift card for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third in one of three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. The top Wyoming letter in each category will advance to national competition where they could win up to a $2,000 cash award.

This year, for the first time, entries will be accepted online through Submittable. Entries may also be mailed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by January 11, 2019.

Both classroom and individual entries are welcome. Guidelines, entry form, and a teaching guide are available at More information, promotional posters, and a link to submit may be found on the Wyoming State Library website at

Questions may be directed to Susan Mark at, (307) 777-5915 or Cary Dunlap at, (307) 777-6338.

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.


 November Books Added

Appraisal and Acquisition Strategies
Chicago : Society of American Archivists, [2016]

Mob rule learning : camps, unconferences, and trashing the talking head
Boule, Michelle
Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books, c2011

Public library administration transformed : developing the organization and empowering users
Karen Starr and Patrick Ragains
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]