Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

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.

Blues, Brews & BBQ at Glenrock Branch Library

From the Glenrock Branch Library Facebook page

The Glenrock Branch Library had a perfect evening and a wonderful crowd for its first annual 3rd of July Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival. They welcomed friends from Casper, Douglas, Glenrock, and everywhere in-between.

Thanks to everyone who came to support us, to our vendors for the evening, and to all the community members and businesses such as Main Street Glenrock for helping us make the event a success!

Musicians were Joey Leone and his Band, and JBird Shogren, who played for dancers of all ages. Refreshments included Cowboy State Brewing, Northern Ice, and Kick M Up Katering.

AHC Teams Up With Wyoming Public Media for ‘Archives on the Air’

The American Heritage Center in Laramie has found a way to bring the treasures and tidbits from its extensive collection to a wider audience through a partnership with Wyoming Public Media with a new show on Wyoming Public Radio: Archives on the Air.

Archives on the Air features one-minute stories from the wide-ranging collections housed at the AHC, taking listeners deep into the archives. New episodes air three times every weekday on local Wyoming Public Radio stations across the state and can also be found online.

Enjoy these episodes already available on the Wyoming Public Media website:

Assistant Archivist Molly Marcusse voices each episode. Scripts for Archives on the Air are written by Archivist Leslie Waggener and Marketing Assistants Alex Vernon, London Homer-Wambeam, and Conor McCracken-Flesher.

‘Get Out the Vote’ Registers Fremont County Voters

(L to R) Riverton Branch Manager Shari Haskins and Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese

Music from Drones Over Yellowstone

The Riverton Branch Library encouraged those in its community to “Get Out the Vote” with a voter registration event on June 20. Get out the Vote was an informal, informational event. The main impetus was to let Fremont County residents know that it is easy to become a registered voter. The Fremont County Election Office was available to register voters and their table, by far, was the busiest.

Participants met representatives from the different political parties and were entertained by a real rock and roll band, Drones Over Yellowstone. They also had the opportunity to sign the People’s Promise, a national, non-partisan grassroots petition to overturn the Citizens United decision


Hit the Road With Teen Driver Resources

Reposted from the Natrona County Library blog
Used with permission

If you are learning to drive, or teaching a new driver, there are plenty of FREE resources available to you.

Drive Safe!

Sublette County Businesses Support Summer Reading

Pat Schwab
Bank of Sublette County

Mae Orm
Pinedale Arts and Crafts

Zoe White
Elevation Yoga

David Klaren
Mystery Print Frame and Gallery

Sublette County Library came up with a great way for local businesses to show how much they love summer reading. They’ve created posters featuring local business owners with their favorite books. The library prints two copies — one to post in the business and one for the library (see photo below).

It’s an idea they picked up from the Public Library Association conference. Sarah Pellerin, the library’s webmaster and graphic artist, designed the posters using the “Libraries Rock” artwork from the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

It’s a great way to reach out and build goodwill with the local business community.

Click any of the poster images to see them in a larger size.

Posters hanging at the Sublette County Library circulation desk.

Natrona County Library to Dedicate Flagpole and Bench Honoring Armed Forces

The Natrona County Library will dedicate a memorial bench and flagpole in honor of those who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces in a ceremony on Monday, June 18 at 12 noon at the Edgerton Branch Library located at 935 Cottonwood in Edgerton, Wyoming.
To create a space to recognize and honor our brave men and women in uniform and the sacrifices they make defending our freedoms at home and abroad, Edgerton Mayor H.H. “Buck” King spearheaded a fundraising effort for this new area that has a beautifully constructed bench and flagpole.

“There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for this memorial, as well as great care and effort into every detail,” said Natrona County Library Executive Director Lisa Scroggins. “This area has now become a beautiful and peaceful place to stop and give pause for remembrance.” The seal of each military branch is inscribed on the bench.

The ceremony will include remarks by Edgerton Mayor H.H. “Buck” King and Natrona County Library Executive Director Lisa Scroggins. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

The memorial bench and flagpole were made possible by H. H. “Buck” King, the Town of Edgerton, Wyoming Community Gas, Rocky Mountain Power, and the Natrona County Library.

Boys Will Read “Girl Books”

By Serina Aagard, Library Shelver
Natrona County Library

There is something I hear often as I’m working in the children’s section of the library: “That’s a girl book.” It comes out of young boys’ mouths with a disdainful edge. The books in question never have hot pink covers or are dripping with glitter; they simply have a girl on the cover. Female main characters in all genres of children’s literature are becoming more and more common. The disparity of gender equality in media is ebbing, but there are still very few boys reading these books. It has made me wonder, why are girls more likely to read ‘boy’ books than boys to read ‘girl’ books?

To begin with, there seems to be a strange assumption that books aimed at boys are for everyone, but books aimed at girls are only for girls. Girls are encouraged to read everything, but boys are often shamed for reading ‘girly’ books. This leaves boys with far fewer reading options when they are already at risk of reading less.

In the 90s, gender segregated media was at its peak. Toy aisles were separated by pink and blue, and while the lines between books weren’t so noticeable, they still existed. Growing up as a tomboyish girl, there weren’t a lot of books with girl main characters I enjoyed reading. If I wanted to read adventure or fantasy, I had to read books with boy protagonists. All the most popular books had male leads, and the books read in the classroom were always about boys, because the teachers felt that the boys wouldn’t pay attention if they read books with girl leads in class. Although it was frustrating to not see ourselves represented in media, I and many other girls learned to empathize with male characters, but the boys in my class didn’t learn to empathize with girl characters.

Now, things are changing. Children’s literature is more diverse than ever before, and kids have tons of opportunities to read books from all different points of view. The library is a hub of interests and perspectives. However boys are still limited by invisible and arbitrary rules enforced by parents and peers. Boys are often chastised for taking an interest in anything deemed too feminine while girls are not nearly as often held to the same standards. Despite intentions, this sends a message that ‘boy’ things are the norm and ‘girl’ things are ‘other’ or possibly even inferior. This is a message that will stay with children into adolescence, possibly even adulthood, and will create a greater rift between all genders.

That message doesn’t have to be sent. Children should be able, and encouraged, to explore new worlds. What can we, as a society, do for our kids to help broaden their minds? Librarians can help by giving book recommendations targeting a child’s interests and by hosting book clubs that cater to a wide audience and cover a large range of topics. Parents can encourage reading and enjoy books of all creeds together with their children. Teachers can garner enthusiasm and understanding for underrepresented characters in writing. People can stop categorizing whether books are for boys or girls and just let kids read. Reading is for everyone. Books don’t have a gender.

Reposted from Natrona County Library. Used with permission.

Natrona County Library Makerspace Opens

From Natrona County Library

The old movie area is getting a new purpose. The glass room on the east end of the main floor is being transformed into a Creation Station: a makerspace where our community can gather to create, innovate, and explore. New flooring, paint, and furniture have been added while additional equipment and supplies are being purchased for the space. And it all rolled out May 29.

You might ask, what exactly is a makerspace? It’s a place where people with shared ideas and interests can gather to work on projects while sharing equipment and knowledge. If you put a wood shop, a metal shop, a computer lab, arts and crafts, electronics, and a bunch of tools all under one roof, you’d have a makerspace.

A perfect example of the many ways our community can work together, the Creation Station will be a flexible workspace for individuals and small groups to share STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. In addition, the space will be used to enhance and expand the Library’s existing programs for all ages with hands-on STEAM-related workshops and projects to support learning, inspire creativity, and nurture opportunities for the next entrepreneur, inventor, or artist to emerge.

Just some of the many pieces of software and equipment that will be free and open to the public include Adobe Creative Cloud, Carvey 3D carver, Cricut Maker, laminator, sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine. Kids will have access to a variety of STEAM-related toys and equipment such as a Q-Ba Maze, Cubelets, Snap Circuits, Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar, and LEGOs.

Some current programs such as the Adult Coloring Club will be held in the Creation Station while new programs like “Meeting the Sewing Machine and Serger,” “Meet the Embroidery Machine,” “Meet the Carvey,” and “Meet the Cricut Maker” will introduce the public to the exciting, free-to-use equipment.

And it gets better. Rolling out in September, the Glowforge—a wireless computer numerical control laser cutter engraver—uses laser cutter and engraver technology to shape wood, leather, felt, fabric, acrylic, paper, and more. The Glowforge is the opposite of a 3D printer. It uses subtractive manufacturing while traditional 3D printers use additive manufacturing. A 3D printer builds up material, like plastic filament, layer by layer. With Glowforge, users put a piece of material like leather, wood, or acrylic in the machine, and it carves out a product using laser light. In addition to being compatible with dozens of types of design software, users can select designs from the Glowforge catalog or draw directly on the material, where the Glowforge can scan it.

To learn more about the Creation Station, including hours of operation, the cost of materials, upcoming programs, policies, FAQs, and equipment information and availability, please visit

The Creation Station was made possible with funding from the Natrona County Library Foundation, Friends of the Natrona County Library, Kelley Foundation, Wyoming Community Foundation’s McMurry Library Endowment, Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and Hooks, Stitch, and Tea.

The Library’s Creation Station opened May 29. A grand opening ceremony and public demonstration will be held mid-June. The staff would like to extend their gratitude and thankfulness to Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing for providing training.

Betsy O’Neil is the adult services manager and Nathan McGregor is the marketing and public relations manager at the library.

LCCC Ludden Library Undergoing Renovation

Laramie County Community College’s Ludden Library is undergoing a major renovation. Library services have relocated to the College Community Center, as has the Learning Commons (Writing & Communication Center and Student Success Center). Demolition begins June 1. Most staff members will be working out of interim office locations.

While construction is going on, the majority of the physical collection, study rooms, and quiet study area will be unavailable. The library will, however, maintain regular hours & staffing and offer computers, a small physical collection, reserve materials, seating, limited study spaces and individual carrels, increased interlibrary loan, and an indoor book return.

The Learning Commons will also have its regular hours and appointments, and have available computers, seating, white boards, and anatomy models.

The Ludden Library is slated to move into its newly renovated space in December 2018 with its Grand Opening in January 2019.