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Explore Wyoming Patents for Earth Day and Arbor Day

Cartoon drawing of man, woman, girl planting trees. Text reads: “Plant a Tree.”April is a month of not one, but two environmentally based holidays. The older of the two is Arbor Day, started in 1872 in Nebraska and celebrated statewide on April 10, 1874. Arbor Day’s main goal is to help promote the planting of trees, thus its name. We now celebrate it as a national holiday on the last Friday of April. While Arbor Day has reached its 150th Anniversary, Earth Day is only two years past its 50th birthday. This much more recent celebration was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day’s aim is to promote awareness of and activism toward ecological issues.

As we celebrate these holidays, let’s see some of the ecological inventions from our Wyoming Inventors database. Starting off is an innovation on hydroponic displays. US Patent 8,365,466 offers grocery store shoppers the option to buy fresh picked vegetables. Hydroponics allows for more food with less water use.

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Another inventor focused on a way to use an untapped resource in the form of an innovative car sunshade. US D708,558 combines a traditional sunshade with solar panels. This 2014 invention uses the sun to create electricity while preventing your car from getting too hot.

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Our final invention is US 1,0724,224. This works to prevent water pollution, before it enters into the water cycle. By adding a filter to storm drains this patent aims to filter out pollutants as they drain off of the roads and fields.

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Explore more in Wyoming Inventors. Have patent questions? The Wyoming State Library has answers! Visit our Patent and Trademark Resource Center page to learn more.

Network of The National Library of Medicine Visits with the WSL

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The Library Development Office team’s visit with the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4. From left to right: Chris Van Burgh WSL Database Instruction Librarian; Conrrado Saldivar, Outreach and Development Librarian; Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant; David Brown, NNLM Region 4 Engagement Specialist; Brian Greene, Library Development Manager.

On April 14, David Brown, Public Health Engagement Specialist for the Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4, visited the Wyoming State Library. He met with State Librarian Jamie Markus and the Library Development Office (LDO) team and listened to LDO’s thoughts and ideas. Several ideas were shared about potential partnership opportunities between the state library and other libraries in Wyoming. David received a tour of the State Library and learned about the processes the library uses to engage with the citizens and other libraries in the state. David was able to promote several NNLM resources, and there seemed to be interest in some of the NNLM’s products and services.

The group discussed what products and services NNLM Region 4 can offer to the different library constituencies in Wyoming. One topic was telehealth and a potential new project that would allow public libraries to host a telehealth booth in their libraries. Another was a project revolving around partnerships related to libraries and other professionals such as social workers and public health experts.  Also discussed were misinformation and disinformation, and the issues the public library staff have been facing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  The group talked about professional development and potential opportunities to offer trainings to allow librarians and library staff to earn their Certified Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

Overall, this was a rewarding experience for all and hopefully these conversations will continue throughout Wyoming and the rest of Region 4. If anyone is interested in having a discussion or would like to learn more about the products and services of Contact NNLM Region 4 to learn more about NNLM products and services to further discuss opportunities and possibilities.

Register Now on Zoom for Free Grant Writing Workshop

Have you heard we have a free workshop coming up to help you raise more money from grants? Grant Writing for Every Occasion is a two-day online workshop that will be held May 4-5, 2022. It’s brought to you by the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Wyoming State Library (WSL).

We now have the agenda and Zoom links for each day available, so the pre-registration form has closed. You may now register directly on Zoom.

If you pre-registered, please sign up on Zoom below to receive your links to the two meeting days.

Each day features three instructional sessions, followed by an optional “Ask questions, share knowledge” open discussion with other participants and the presenter.

Full agenda and registration links below. Please register separately for each day.

All times are Mountain Daylight Time.

Day 1 Agenda (May 4)

Register for Day 1 on Zoom

  • Session 1: Getting started (8-9 a.m.)
    First steps, finding funders, proposal components
  • Session 2: What’s the problem? And who are you? (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
    Beneficiary need and organizational credibility
  • Session 3: What will you do about it? (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Objectives, methods, evaluation
  • Open discussion (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
    Ask questions and share your knowledge (optional)

Day 2 Agenda (May 5)

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  • Session 4: Money, money, money (8-9 a.m.)
    Budget, justification, sustainability
  • Session 5: Wrapping it all up (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
    Summary, presentation, documentation, next steps
  • Session 6: Conversation with Dan Stokes (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)
    Identifying the appropriate federal grant program for your project and creating an application tailored to particular programs
  • Open discussion (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
    Ask questions and share your knowledge (optional)

Meet the presenters

Sessions 1-5

Portrait photographSusan Mark is the Outreach Librarian at the Wyoming State Library. Susan is one of two coordinators for the WSL’s federal Library Service and Technology Act grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She’s written grants successfully for nonprofits and state government agencies, managed grant contracts, served on grant review committees, and conducted grant writing workshops.

Session 6

Dan Stokes portraitDan Stokes is Director for State Programs at the NHPRC. His specializations include state and local government records, Native American records and projects, architectural records, and consultant grants. He began working for the NHPRC in 1987 and became Director for State Programs in 2009. He is responsible for the state board grant program and the archives collaboratives grant program.


Questions about Grant Writing for Every Occasion may be directed to Susan Mark at, (307) 777-5915, or Sara Davis at, (307) 777-8691.

This workshop is supported in part by an award from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB), through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration. The WY SHRAB program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Spotlight on Government Information: Spring Gardening

Woman hand planting petunias in a summer garden.Spring is here and the signs are everywhere. Temperatures are getting warmer, birds are singing, and tulips are starting to bloom. The famous saying is “April showers bring May flowers.” If that’s true, it’s time for people to plan their garden spaces and sow some seeds — and government information can help.

Gardening not only benefits the planet, it also contributes to the mental and physical health of the gardener. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. And the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating an area for growing herbs, food, and flowers. Check out these valuable resources for tips and guidance on topics related to gardening.

Pollinator gardens are appealing to a variety of bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. Use the Gardening for Pollinators site and a regional planting guide to select native plants that will thrive in a specific climate and lure local pollinators.

Hydroponics and aquaponics are alternative garden systems that offer soilless options for growing plants. Rain gardens help conserve water by capturing storm runoff and allowing it to soak into the ground where it is used by grasses and other plants.

Home and community gardens encourage meaningful social interactions and promote healthy eating. Gardening enthusiasts are directly involved in the process of growing fresh foods that they will consume or share with neighbors.

Seed libraries are a way for novice and expert gardeners to experiment with growing a variety of plants. Cheyenne, Gillette, and Laramie are several of the communities across Wyoming that host seed libraries.

Individuals without a green thumb are able to explore gardening without getting their hands dirty. Take a virtual tour or plan a visit to the United States Botanic Garden. Discover numerous plants that are used to make teas, medicines, and fragrances at the National Herb Garden in Washington, DC. Learn how astronauts grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers without gravity in the Space Garden.

Design and plant a garden this April, appreciate the health benefits throughout the summer, and harvest a bounty in a few short months.

Cybersecurity for K-12 Students: Meet the CyBear Family

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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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New Books at the Wyoming State Library

These latest additions to the Wyoming State Library’s 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.

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Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement
Megan Lotts
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

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Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships
Bess G. de Farber
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Library Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Barbara Klipper and Carrie Banks
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Library Programming for Autistic Children and Teens
Amelia Anderson; foreword by Barbara Klipper
Chicago: ALA Editions, 2021

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On the go with Senior Services: Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place
Phyllis Goodman
Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2020]

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The Passive Programming Playbook: 101 Ways to Get Library Customers off the Sidelines
Paula Willey and Andria L. Amaral
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2021]

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Pivoting During the Pandemic: Ideas for Serving Your Community Anytime, Anywhere
edited by Kathleen M. Hughes and Jamie Santoro
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement
Elaina Norlin
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2021

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Supporting Trans People in Libraries
Stephen G. Krueger
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2019]

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A Trauma-Informed Framework for Supporting Patrons: The PLA Workbook of Best Practices
The Public Library Association Social Worker Task Force
Chicago : ALA Editions, 2022

Federal ARPA Money Working for Wyoming Libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoWhen the  $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) passed last year, Wyoming received $2.1 million in funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for pandemic response.

In the weeks that followed the award, the Wyoming State Library created a plan that would benefit libraries across the state. A task force of representatives from the library community provided input.

Nearly a year in, the WSL has expended $1.3 million of ARPA funds. What has this money accomplished so far? Let’s go down the list!

Expenditures supported WYLD and OCLC fees, giving local libraries a financial boost. Academic libraries gained open educational and other resources. Disadvantaged populations on the Wind River Indian Reservation and Wyoming state institutions have more books in their hands and on their library shelves. The Wyoming Virtual Library (OverDrive) offers thousands more titles purchased from ARPA funds.

To promote workforce development, now includes Gale Business: Plan Builder and Gale Legal Forms through September 30, 2022. LinkedIn Learning access was also extended through that date. On the education front, teachers and librarians have access to TumbleBooks and TeachingBooks.

More great projects are in the works. Funds will purchase items for school library shelves — 204 schools with 72,021 students will benefit. Last, but not least, the Wyoming State Library is preparing to roll out a marketing campaign to promote federally funded resources in GoWYLD. Watch for news about this project soon!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. The Wyoming State Library is the state agency tasked with managing federal funds for the development of libraries statewide. Learn more about how federal funds support libraries in Wyoming.

Evaluation Concludes WSL Achieves Federal Fund Plan Goals

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoEach five years, the Wyoming State Library submits a plan to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to guide the use of federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. During the latest plan period, covering Federal FY 2018-2022, the WSL received nearly $1 million each year to support library services statewide.

A recently completed evaluation of progress on the current plan concluded that the State Library achieved the goals it set forth. An independent evaluator, Carson Block of Carson Block Consulting, Inc., conducted the evaluation.

See the plan and evaluation on LSTA projects here:

You can also find more information and a fact sheet on the WSL website.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wyoming State Library Hosts Historic Carnegie Libraries Exhibit

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The exhibit at the Wyoming State Library

A special exhibit now at the Wyoming State Library, “Cowboy Carnegies: Wyoming’s Historic Libraries,”  explores the history, architecture, significance, and preservation of these buildings.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, industrialist Andrew Carnegie spent $56 million of his personal fortune to build 1,681 public library buildings in the United States. Sixteen Wyoming towns and cities in 15 counties received a total of $245,000 of his library building grants between 1899 and 1917. Per capita, Wyoming received more money from Carnegie than any other state.

Wyoming’s Carnegie libraries were located in Albany, Big Horn, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs Johnson, Laramie, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sweetwater (Green River and Rock Springs), Uinta, and Weston counties. Some still serve as libraries, or as part of newer, expanded library buildings. Some were repurposed as museums or for local government functions. Others were demolished and exist only as fond memories for those who once walked through their doors.

Visit the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne to see “Carnegies: Wyoming’s Historic Libraries” and learn more about this chapter of the state’s past.

This traveling exhibit was created by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming (AHW) with funding from Wyoming Humanities. Learn more about the project. Linda Waggener, now deceased, contributed greatly to Cowboy Carnegies by sharing her extensive research on Wyoming’s Carnegie Libraries with the AHW. Waggener’s research materials are now held at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center.

Also, you can read more about the state’s Carnegie libraries in the Winter 2007 Wyoming Library Roundup.

Teens Can Learn Security with Cyber Threat Defender Card Game

Graphic has photo of teens playing card game. Part of text reads CYBER THREAT DEFENDER: THE COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME

Find this month’s video and more.

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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Teens playing card game. Text reads "WYOMING CAN! Learn how Cyber Threat Defender: The Collectible Card Game can help create better cyber citizens!"