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Explore State’s History With Wyoming Places Online Exhibits



Thumbnails from the three exhibits

The Wyoming Places website now hosts three in-depth digital exhibits on the topics of Heart Mountain WWII Internment Camp, Wyoming’s Statehood Celebration, and WWII Prisoner of War (POW) Camps in Wyoming. The latter is new to the collection, while the other exhibits have been revamped for visitors.

View overlooking the Douglas POW Camp. Two sections of barracks separated by razor wire fencing. Photo source: Wyoming State Archives

Each exhibit contains visual imagery such as historic photographs, drawings and newspaper clippings, as well as embedded videos from trusted resources all in one convenient location. The Statehood Celebration exhibit even has recreated audio files for the event’s speeches in addition to historic transcripts from the event.

“The exhibits consist of pieces of Wyoming history not everyone knows about,” said Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian. “Even when people have heard about these historic events, they don’t always understand the depth of their impact. The digital exhibits make this information easy to discover for all ages.”

Anyone can visit these resources at places.wyo.gov. The site contains the aforementioned digital exhibits as well as a calendar of events throughout the state’s history, historic maps of Wyoming and the Places Digital Collection. The Digital Collection features more than 3,000 locations across Wyoming, including popular monuments, current cities, and the boom and bust towns of days past and the origins of their names.

WyoCAN February Video: Bullying



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. Rawlins Middle School received Best Storytelling for this video, but one judge added a new award: Most Hopeful.

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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Project Will Expand Creative Aging Programs in Libraries



Older woman in eyeglasses and red shirt sitting in library in front of completed painting.
Participant in a creative aging acrylics program at Lincoln County Library in Kemmerer.

By 2030, older adults (55+) will be the dominant demographic group in the United States and institutions are adapting to meet their needs for meaningful engagement. A total of 132 public and county library systems in Wyoming and Missouri will develop and/or expand arts education programs that improve the lives of older adults through the Advancing Creative Aging Through State Library Leadership Initiative (2023-2025).

Two women sitting on floor playing ukuleles. One is laughing
Finding joy in music through a creative aging program at Sublette County Library.

The Wyoming State Library (WSL) secured a $646,000 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the $1.2 million project. The WSL will work in partnership with the Missouri State Library, Califa Group and Lifetime Arts to implement the three-year initiative.

Lifetime Arts will train and coach up to 250 librarians and library programmers in creative aging program planning, design, marketing, implementation and documentation. A total of 100 in-person and remote creative aging programs will serve up to 2,000 older adults in Wyoming and Missouri public libraries and build the case for long-term sustainability. Nationally, thousands more libraries and their staff will benefit through networking opportunities and the dissemination of the virtual self-paced course, Creative Aging Foundations On Demand.

“Wyoming is a beautiful state full of artistic inspiration,” said Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus. “We’re grateful our libraries will now have even more opportunity to bring arts education and enjoyment to our communities’ older patrons.”

People viewing artwork hanging on wall
Creative aging program reception at Park County Library.

January 2023 Outrider Now Available



Front page of newsletterFind a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the January 2023 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.

Do you know any library colleagues, trustees, advocates, or volunteers who might be interested in the Outrider? Please share the news with them and encourage them to sign up for our monthly email.

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

New Books at the Wyoming State Library



The 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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Risk Management and Insurance Manual for Libraries
Sally Alexander and Mary Breighner; edited by Jeanne M. Drewes
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

Wyoming State Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. 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 16, for Martin Luther King Jr./Equality Day. We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday, January 17.

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.”

WyoCAN January Video: Phishing



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 Buffalo High School Code Club.

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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Wyoming State Library Closed on January 2



Text in gold reads Happy New Year 2023The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, January 2, to celebrate the start of a new year.

Although the library building is closed, GoWYLD is always open! Check out an e-book, e-audiobook, or e-magazine in Libby, or explore all the many other resources available with your Wyoming library card.

We wish all our patrons and colleagues a Happy New Year in 2023!

 

Wyoming State Library Receives Keppel Award from IMLS



Two men holding certificates and standing in front of a Wyoming State Library 150th anniversary sign
(L to R) Jamie Markus and Conrrado Saldivar

The Wyoming State Library has received the 2022 Francis Keppel Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, thanks to the work of Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus and WSL Outreach and Development Librarian Conrrado Saldivar.

This award is “given to State Library administrative agencies that have excelled in the completeness, promptness and high quality of the local public library data that they collect, edit and submit annually to IMLS by the designated award due date.”

The WSL collects and maintains library and community statistics for libraries to use for comparison, management, and advocacy.

Questions on the numbers? Contact Conrrado at conrrado.saldivar@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6330.

Wyoming State Library Closed on December 26



Newspaper clipping says "The Sheridan Post, Christmas Edition" with line drawing of Santa Claus holding two children, one in each arm.
Image from the December 25, 1921 “The Sheridan Post” from the Wyoming Digital Newspapers Collection.

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday.

Is there a pine tree laden with lights and ornaments in your living room this festive season? You might enjoy this blog post, “O Christmas Tree,” from the Law Library of Congress.

We wish all our library patrons and colleagues the happiest of holidays.