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A Gallery of Wyoming Library Cards

Natrona County Library — one of five designs.

We’re not quite halfway through Library Card Sign-up Month, and Wyoming public libraries have already issued 1,045 new patron cards. That’s well on the way to last year’s total of 2,384 for all of September.

To mark this month’s celebration, we thought we’d showcase a gallery of Wyoming library cards. A Wyoming library public or community college library card opens up a world of resources. Not only can it be used at libraries across the state, it unlocks all the electronic resources that enable language learning, early literacy, genealogy, academic research, and more.

To learn about all your library has to offer and get your library card (if you don’t have one already), go to our Wyoming Libraries Directory to find the public library nearest you.

Hot Springs County Library

Sheridan College Griffith Memorial Library, one of Wyoming’s seven community college libraries

Northwest College offers a community card.

Johnson County Library. Brand new design featuring their beautiful library

Campbell County Public Library System

Natrona County Library

Fremont County Libraries

Sublette County Library

Lincoln County Library System

Laramie County Library System. “Elsie and Eddie” were created just for LCLS.

At Central Wyoming College, a student ID doubles as a library card

Park County Library

Crook County Public Library System

Natrona County Library

Natrona County Library

Natrona County Library

Weston County Library

Uinta County Library adult card

Uinta County Library children’s card

Albany County Public Library

Converse County Library System

And last, but not least, the Wyoming State Library card, available only to state government employees, but still good statewide and online


Best Job @ the Library

From the Laramie County Library System blog
By Robin Papaleka, LCLS Adult Programming Specialist

As the Adult Programming Specialist at the Laramie County Library, I often tell folks I have the best job at the library!

I get to attend all kinds of fascinating and amazing programs.  I get to listen to classical music.  I get to look at the stars through a powerful telescope.  I get to make art with local artists. I get to learn how to play chess and make Mozzarella and try homemade beer. Maybe best of all, I learn all kinds of new information.  So I thought today I’d share some of what I’ve learned at library programs with you.

  • If you want to know if the male in a bird species shares egg-sitting duties, just compare the male and the female. If they look the same, like geese, the male helps. If the male is seriously flashier than the female (like peacocks) he doesn’t help around the nest.
  • Bees do not prefer to collect pollen from all different kinds of flowers at the same time. They’ll concentrate on dandelion pollen before moving on to apple blossom pollen.
  • You can cook almost anything in a Dutch oven.
  • Germans are so serious about their beer that they have purity laws about what can and can’t go into beer.
  • Henna expires…you can paint old henna on your skin, but it won’t make a mark.
  • The Cheyenne ordinance allowing backyard chickens does not allow ducks.
  • Only single men were allowed in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression.
  • It’s pretty dangerous to use an ATM card at the gas pump, lots of folks get their card numbers and pins stolen this way.
  • Water rights in Wyoming have a fascinating history, including murder.
  • “the dog days of summer” are named after Sirius the dog star because people used to think that summer was warmer because that star was nearer to the earth during the summer. Thus the dog days of summer.
  • European German Shepherds are smaller than American ones.
  • It’s a long process to make Feta, Mozzarella is much faster.
  • Blues was the first fully American music that wasn’t Native American music.
  • There are easier and harder ways of making pickles, so you don’t have to be afraid to try.

That’s just a short list of what I’ve learned going to library programs.  You too, can learn things, build new skills, and start new hobbies at the library’s adult programs!

For the record, AudioVisual Coordinator Bobby Phillipps claims HE has the best job at LCLS. You can read his post and decide for yourself.

Secrets of the Stacks

By Mary Gillgannon, Fiction Collection Coordinator 
From the Laramie County Library System blog

Reshelving YA books at LCLS on Wyoming Snapshot Day 2017

Each year there are thousands of books published, dozens of movies released, and hundreds of music CD’s and audiobooks produced. You may have wondered how the Laramie County Library System staff makes decisions on which ones to acquire.

For bestselling books, the process is automated. Our main vendor has a list of popular authors and the staff member who selects materials chooses authors from these lists. Then, every time the author has a new book out, our vendor automatically sends us one or more copies of the title.

For less well-known authors and other materials besides books, the selectors rely heavily on publishing journals that feature reviews. The reviews generally give an opinion of the quality of the book, CD or movie, summarize the plot, and often mention specific audiences who might enjoy the item.

Certain books and movies may be popular nationally and make the best seller lists, but not necessarily be a draw in our area. To help discover which specific materials are most popular with Laramie County library users, LCLS uses a service called Collection HQ. This system analyzes how many times an item circulates and allows us to gauge the popularity of specific authors as well as giving us a general idea of what genres and subjects check out the most. The system also tracks which books haven’t checked out in several years, and which ones have checked out so many times they might need to be replaced.

Selectors also gather information by talking to patrons, observing what items patrons place on hold and generally keeping an eye on how well materials circulate. All of our selectors have worked for the library for many years, so they have a lot of insight into what appeals to LCLS patrons.

Although popularity is the main criteria the selectors consider in purchasing, other things also come into play. One of the long-running mission of libraries is provide access to books, movies and music that have stood the test of time, so even though classic works may not check out a lot, we feel it’s important to have them in the collection. We also seek to provide a diverse selection of materials so that all patrons are able to find things that appeal to their tastes. We try to consider the interests of African American, Hispanic, and other multi-cultural patrons as well as LGBT audiences when acquiring materials.

Because the number of materials available is so daunting, and our patrons’ tastes range cross a broad spectrum, the library welcomes purchases suggestions for all formats: books, DVDs, and audio recordings. Purchase suggestions may be submitted by filling out a purchase suggestion card (bright yellow cards available above the round table as you enter and at all the public service desks) or through this link on the website:

While we can’t purchase every item suggested, the selectors do consider every suggestion we receive. One of the first things we look at is whether the item is available from our vendors. Books often go out-of-print within a few years, and the only copies available for purchase may be used copies, which don’t stand up to library use. The same is true of DVDs and audio materials. Besides availability, selectors also consider the number of library patrons who might enjoy the item. Given our limited budget, except for a few special instances, we can’t justify acquiring materials that will only check out a few times and then sit on the shelf.

If an item is part of a series, availability and cost become even more of a factor. If a book falls in the middle of a series, and the earlier books are no longer available, it makes no sense for us to acquire the item. Not having the full series will only frustrate readers who want to read the series from the beginning. Even if the whole series or all seasons of a TV show are available, it can get expensive, and the selector may start off by acquiring the first one to see how it checks out before committing to purchasing more of the series.

Even if we can’t acquire an item because it’s old, out-of-print, or too specialized, you may be able to get it through interlibrary loan (ILL). Through this system we are able to search libraries all over the country and have items shipped here for patrons to check out. There is a $2.00 fee for ILLs, which partially covers the cost of shipping items back and forth from the loaning library. More information about ILLs can be found here:

You can also submit purchase suggestions for e-books and e-audiobooks, although you should be aware that we have far fewer purchasing options for digital materials because we can only acquire them if they are available from the Cloud Library or RB Digital audiobook platforms.

All of the selectors will tell you that purchase suggestions are a very valuable resource in developing the collection. They give us direct input from our patrons on what you would like to see in the library. Through purchase suggestions, we often learn about new authors and sub-genres we would not discover otherwise. So keep ‘em comin’!


Two Wyoming Libraries Selected for Great Stories Club

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that Whiting High School in Laramie and Guernsey-Sunrise Schools in Guernsey are two of the100 libraries nationwide selected by the  to take part in the Great Stories Club, a national grant program that supports reading and discussion programs for underserved teens.

Created in 2006, the Great Stories Club engages young adults with accessible, thought-provoking literature, facilitates humanities-based discussion with peers, and encourages library outreach partnerships with alternative schools, juvenile detention facilities and a variety of other youth-focused community organizations.

The 2018-19 themes for the Great Stories Club are “Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides” and “What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion.” Working with small groups of approximately 10 teens, participating library professionals will discuss stories from one or both themes.

“Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides” will feature:

  • Flight by Sherman Alexie Read ALA’s statement about the use of Flight for this project.)
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy and John Jennings
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

“What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion” will feature:

  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
  • Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
  • What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • Buck: A Memoir by M.K. Asante

The titles were selected in consultation with humanities scholars and librarians to inspire teens — especially those facing difficult circumstances or challenges — to consider “big questions” about the world around them and their place in it, ultimately affecting how they view themselves as thinkers and creators.

Grantees will receive 11 paperback copies of each of the three book selections (10 to gift to participants; one for discussion leader/library collection); programming materials such as discussion guides, reading lists and program activities; and training opportunities, including travel and accommodations for an orientation workshop in Chicago.

The grant will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office. The Great Stories Club has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge Update

The latest Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge numbers are in: 20 of the 23 county library systems have reached their fundraising goals. The latest one is Johnson County Library in Buffalo.

See the totals as of July 26. Information is provided by the Wyoming State Auditor’s Office.

Collectively, Wyoming public libraries have raised just over $9 million and received nearly $18 million in state match and incentive funds through this program. This money has gone into endowments to support local libraries now and into the future.

Sublette County Statue Dedication Honors Daphne Platts

Sublette County Library Executive Director Sukey Hohl with the “Journeys of the Imagination” bronze statue at the dedication ceremony.

On July 12, 2018, the statue Journeys of Imagination by Gary Lee Price of Provo, Utah was dedicated in memory of Daphne Davis Platts, Sublette County Library Director, who died in January of 2017. Bob McCarty and Chandra Stough played Irish fiddle tunes and Sukey Hohl, current director, spoke a few words and led the 60 people present in a toast to Daphne.

The statue depicts a young girl in overalls and a superhero cape on a paper airplane with a book in her back pocket. The statue perfectly represents how books and the imagination can empower young people to reach out for the best life has to offer. It is a perfect memorial for Daphne Platts who cared deeply about the rights of women and the power of literature. Daphne was director for 27 years and she was responsible for the log library being built in 1998 and then the rammed earth addition, built in 2009.

Music with Bob McCarty and Chandra Stough.

UW Libraries Receives SHRAB Grant to Digitize Stereographs

From University of Wyoming News

This is a scanned 1904 stereograph image of New Canyon Road and Virginia Cascade, located in Yellowstone National Park. University of Wyoming Libraries recently received a grant from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board to digitize stereograph images of Wyoming, including Yellowstone. (H.C. White Co.)

University of Wyoming Libraries recently received a grant from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) to digitize stereograph images of Wyoming. The stereographs provide a visual historical record of different locations around the state, including Yellowstone National Park.

Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stereographs communicated images of unique structures, places and cultures. When viewed through a stereoscope, their three-dimensional imagery provided a glimpse of hard-to-reach destinations and cultural landmarks.

The stereographs that will be digitized come from the collections of the Laramie Plains Museum and the UW Libraries’ Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections.

The submitted grant application states, “The images depicted provide a unique view of a particular time in Wyoming history. They demonstrate the rise of ‘roughing it’ and experiencing nature as a relaxing vacation. These stereographs allowed even those who could not visit places like Yellowstone National Park to experience them in a realistic way.”

“This project is a great chance to share rare images of Yellowstone and Wyoming,” said UW Assistant Librarian Bryan Ricupero. “The stereographs offer viewers a glimpse of natural features from days past.”

After they are digitized, the stereograph images will be freely available via the UW Libraries website. The planned next phase of the digitization project will involve a partnership with UW’s Shell 3-D Visualization Center to create an augmented reality experience built on the collection.

The SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of Wyoming’s historical records. To accomplish this mission, the board awards grants and sponsors workshops for archives, libraries, museums and others throughout the state that collect, manage and preserve historical records. The SHRAB’s activities are made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

2018 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute Kicks Off

Some of the WLLI crew and friends this morning. Photo by Thomas Ivie.

Photo by Thomas Ivie, Wyoming State Library Research & Statistics Librarian and a member of the 2018 WLLI cohort.

The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute in Lander kicked off this morning. The 12 participants from across the state were chosen for the 2018 cohort through a competitive application process. They’re at WLLI to develop their leadership skills to benefit both themselves and the wider library community.

Did you know that WLLI relies on support from the Wyoming library community to continue its work? One of its major sources of funding is the annual basket raffle at the Wyoming Library Association conference. If you are going to the conference, consider bringing a basket, manning the tables, or buying raffle tickets for a chance at one of the great offerings. Learn more.


How the Edgerton Branch Library Began

From Natrona County Library

While the Edgerton Branch opened in 1971, its beginnings go all the way back to an article from the January 1921 Midwest Review titled, “Midwest Traveling Libraries.”

In December of 1920, seven traveling libraries set out on their first journey through the seven camps of the Salt Creek Oilfield Community: Salt Creek Home Camp, Salt Creek Gas Plant, Teapot Station, Big Muddy, Osage, Elk Basin, and Grass Creek. Each library had a collection of about 50 books in various genres including fiction, biographies, history, travel, geology, the petroleum industry, and children’s books. The cases carrying the books were made by the Midwest Oil Company’s field construction department. The chief clerks of the seven camps were in charge of the libraries, and after two months, the boxes were sent to the next camp so that everyone would have a chance to check out the different volumes.

Here is an interesting historical tidbit that we stumbled upon during our research. In December of 1921, a notice in the Review called attention to several books lost from Traveling Library Number 4 while at Salt Creek Home Camp.  It listed the number and title of each book, and a request for their return: “Please let us know if you find Number 28, The Lost Road by Richard Harding Davis; Number 19, The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson; or Number 213, Practical Oil Geology by Dorsey Hager.” It turns out that even back then, due dates could slip people’s minds and they would forget to return their books to the library.

Following the Midwest Traveling Libraries, in 1929, community member Henry H. Patterson circulated a petition asking for a permanent library. The community’s request was answered by the opening of a library on the second floor of the Midwest Refining Company Club House in Midwest in 1930, at which time the traveling libraries were recalled.

The hours were Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Ella Chandler served as the first librarian. The library, which opened with about 1,500 books, also carried 29 magazine subscriptions and was a benefit for all people in the community. In May of 1930, right after the library opened, the records showed an average of 120 checkouts per day and a total of 3,504 books in the first month of operation.

In 1969 a Natrona County Bond Election provided the funds for a new building in Casper, a bookmobile to reach outlying communities, and a new Natrona County Library branch to serve the towns of Midwest and Edgerton and surrounding residents of the Salt Creek Community. Located approximately 45 miles Northeast of Casper, the facility was built at the same time as the new Main Library in Downtown, Casper. Both projects were spearheaded by former Natrona County Library Director Kenneth Dowlin. Herb Blake of Edgerton’s Blake Construction won the bid to build at just under $24,000, and the Branch opened at the end of 1971.  In 1978 the Edgerton Branch Library was renamed in honor of the late Mark J. Davis, a former Natrona County Library Board Member.

Currently, the Edgerton Branch is open Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 7 p.m.  Stop by and see us if you are in our neck of the sagebrush!

Michele Butler is the Branch Manager and Sonja Brow is the Circulation Specialist at the Natrona County Library’s Edgerton Branch.

Assistive Technology Stations Available at Coe Library

From the University of Wyoming Libraries blog

University of Wyoming Coe Library is unveiling a new variety of equipment available at assistive technology stations for patrons to use.  Technology includes C-Pens from the Help Desk, a Freedom Scientific reading magnifier, and a Belkin reader stand. Instructions for use are at the desks located on the second/main floor of Coe, straight back past the front desk near the windows. To learn more about assistive technology options, contact Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources at or visit CHS Room 151.

These technologies were provided by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities.