Category Archives: WSL News

May 2020 Outrider Now Available



Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the May 2020 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.

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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.

Grant to Support ‘Creative Aging’



Lifetime Arts, NYC Creative Aging Initiative. Photo by Seungil Shawn Choi.

The Wyoming Arts Council has received a $20,000 grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation’s McMurry Library Endowment Fund. Through a partnership between the Wyoming Arts Council, the Wyoming State Library, and Lifetime Arts, the grant funds will be used to provide training and coaching to teaching artists and librarians throughout the state where they will learn innovative direct programming for older adults.

“We’re excited to bring librarians and artists together,“ said State Librarian Jamie Markus. “This effort will share our strengths so that all library patrons can benefit from these programs.”

As with the rest of the country, 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.

“There’s a growing consensus among both healthcare professionals and arts administrators about the positive health outcomes associated with Creative Aging programs for our elders,” said Josh Chrysler, Folklorist and Health & Wellness Specialist at the Wyoming Arts Council.

Lifetime Arts is a national arts service organization that offers a positive, modern, artistic and social lens through which to serve, inspire and engage America’s growing population of older adults. To date, they have launched over 700 community-based programs, serving more than 10,000 older adults and have trained nearly 2,000 teaching artists, librarians, and arts organization and senior service staff members to design, implement, and institutionalize these programs.

The training is tentatively scheduled for late summer 2020. More details will be announced soon. For more information or to learn how to get involved, contact Taylor Craig at the Wyoming Arts Council at taylor.craig@wyo.gov or 307-274-6673.

Help Pick Wyoming’s 2020 Great Read



Do you know of a great book by a Wyoming author? Nominate it today to be named the state’s Great Read of 2020!

The Wyoming State Library is accepting book nominations through May 31, 2020. Only Wyoming residents are eligible to nominate a book, limit one nomination per respondent.

Books must be:

  • Written by an author who lives in Wyoming
  • Published on or after January 1, 2019
  • Available widely in print

Wyoming themes, subjects, or settings are preferred, but not required. Books may be written for any age level — children, teens, or adults.

Submit your nomination.
DEADLINE is May 31, 2020.

The final selection will be made by June 15, 2020. Wyoming’s Great Read is a project of the Wyoming Center for the Book, a program of the Wyoming State Library.

Questions? Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Wyoming Letters About Literature in the News



The Wyoming Letters About Literature contest made the K2 Television news last night! Our thanks go to reporter Rachel Saurer for the coverage.

The contest, run by the Wyoming State Library as part of its Center for the Book program, is a reading/writing competition for students in grades 4-12 that asks them to write a letter to the author (living or dead) of the book that means the most to them.

We recently announced winners and published their letters. Read them here.

Congratulations to Letters About Literature Winners



Top honors have gone to three students in the 2019-2020 Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest. Letters About Literature encourages students to read, be inspired, and write back to their favorite authors. The Wyoming State Library awarded Parker Zoe Jackson of Laramie first place in Level 3 (grades 9-12). Stetson Asay, Lovell, placed first in Level 2 (grades 7-8), and Abbi Odell, Cheyenne, placed first in Level 1 (grades 4-6).

Letters About Literature asks students to respond to a book, rather than simply report on it. What matters most is the connection the student makes with the author’s words and the impact it has on that student’s life and how they see the world.

Jackson wrote to Shannon Messenger, author of Everblaze, part of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. “Without your book,” Jackson wrote, “it may never have become clear to me why I feel so strongly about my town, my state, and the Earth as a whole. I may never have understood the importance of my actions in the bigger picture.”

Asay wrote to Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), author of the book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Asay said in his letter, “Your books have made me realize how lucky I really am, even if it doesn’t seem like it, and made me want to help others when they are struggling.”

After reading Ron Clark’s The Essential 55, Odell wrote that “I try to embrace these rules each day, I want to be a kinder, politer, a better classmate, a better student, and better friend. Reading this book has made me a better person.”

See all winners’ names and read their letters below.

Wyoming Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Wyoming Center for the Book, a program of the Wyoming State Library. For more information about Wyoming Letters About Literature, contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

Wyoming Letters About Literature Winners

LEVEL 3: Grades 9-12

LEVEL 2: Grades 7-8

LEVEL 1: Grades 4-6

April 2020 Outrider Now Available



Find a wrap-up of the latest in Wyoming library news in the April 2020 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.