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Natrona County Library Takes Services on the Road

 By Lisa Scroggins, Natrona County Library Executive Director

From the NCL blog

In today’s library world, it is important for libraries to embrace delivering services to the public outside the constraints of their brick and mortar facilities. At the Natrona County Library, we do just that, and often take some of our most popular services “on the road.”

Without a doubt, our most commonly known “on the road” library service is our Bookmobile. Our Bookmobile Coordinator works with daycares, preschools, elementary schools, and senior resident facilities to schedule stops, and makes many community stops as well (including stops in Alcova, Paradise Valley, Bar Nunn, and Powder River). The Bookmobile is a convenient place for users to check out and return books, movies, and other items. At most stops the Bookmobile Coordinator hosts a StoryTime for kids where he reads a selected book and guides children through critical evaluation of the story.

Also venturing out into the community is our Youth Services staff, who interact with elementary-aged children at schools, clubs, and local events. They offer a wide variety of services, including StoryTimes, crafting, and hands-on experiences. In addition, they host a mind-boggling variety of programs, presenters, and experiences as part of our summer reading program.

Our Teen Librarian can be seen hosting several different book clubs at various local coffee shops, and presents book talks and programs at junior high and high schools, as well as programs aimed at teaching parenting skills while offering support and reference materials to help put teen parents on a path toward success.

Our newest “on the road” service comes from our Adult Services Department. Books on Tap is an adults only (21+) twist to a traditional book club which will have participants discussing a selected reading while enjoying the laid-back environment at either Frontier Brewing Company and Tap, The Gaslight Social, or Backwards Distilling Company. Books on Tap kicks things off February 8 at Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom where participants will share and discuss Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West.” The Adult Services Department also hosted book discussions at other places in town, including Fort Caspar and the Bart Rea Learning Circle.

While much of what we take “on the road” focuses on books, we facilitate creative experiences as well. We host a variety of hands-on crafting opportunities during the Art Walk, typically outside on Prometheus Plaza near our Second Street entrance. We also host virtual reality events both in the Library and throughout the community. At last year’s NIC Fest, participants enjoyed creating 3D virtual art, and our virtual reality equipment has made its appearance at fundraising and other community events, and is always a popular draw.

Of course, we also offer a variety of digital services that can be accessed 24/7/365 via the internet. These services include digital content (eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and movies) and many of our databases.

When it comes to taking library services into the community, we are always on the lookout for new and creative ways to serve and engage our patrons. Be on the lookout for us—you never know where we will pop up!

Casper College Library Helps Bring Kids and Shelter Dogs Together

Dogs waiting for their forever homes in an animal shelter could use a little attention. Young students can use an attentive and friendly listener as they practice their reading skills. What better idea than to bring them together?

That was the idea behind Tales with Tails, a reading literacy program recently launched in Casper. The Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library collaborated with the college’s Student Financial Aid and the Casper Humane Society on this project.

The goals of Tales with Tails were to help younger students in Natrona County with literacy skills, provide Casper College students with work study/service learning opportunities, and promote the value of lifelong learning in the community.

By reading to shelter animals, students gain confidence in their reading abilities, and shelter animals become more adoptable as they are socialized with the students. Research shows that over time, students participating in similar programs can improve academic engagement behavior.

Casper College has been able to provide another work study position by sponsoring this pilot program, and also is able to use more federal funds to help other Casper College students. In the development of this program they’ve created service learning opportunities for Casper College students.

The pilot program ran March 27-29. At its conclusion 14 Casper College students were involved in planning or participation and 18 Natrona County students read to shelter animals. The Humane Society and Casper College Library plan to make this a recurring program.

For questions about the program, contact Casper College Librarian Sarah Mailloux.

Find All Your Favorite Magazines and Journals at the Library

From the Natrona County Library blog. RBDigital and numerous databases are available to every Wyoming resident through Check with your local library for print magazine availability.

By Lisa Rodkey, Adult Services Specialist
Natrona County Library

The Natrona County Library offers three ways to read magazines and articles: print magazines that you can read in-library or check out and read at home, digital magazines featuring online viewing of the original magazine layout at RBdigital, and searchable full-text articles via one of our databases.

First, let’s explore our print collection. Offering over 200 magazines and journals, our selection goes well beyond your average grocery store checkout line. Plus, all of the back issues of our magazines are available for check out, so come in and grab a few issues to inform, inspire, and entertain. If you are into the outdoors, camping, and Wyoming’s wildlife, swing by and pick up Trailer Life, Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, Bird Watcher’s Digest, or National Parks. If you are planning a remodel on your home and want some fresh ideas, check out design and decor magazines such as Architectural Digest, Magnolia, or This Old House. Looking to buy a new car? Pick up a few issues of Car and Driver or Consumer Report to arm yourself with all the information you need to find the perfect car. Perhaps you simply enjoy perusing magazines as a way to relax and read a bit about everything and anything. Then grab an issue of Craft Ideas, People Weekly, Rolling Stone, Taste of Home Magazine, or Time. This is just a small sampling of our diverse magazine collection. Stop by and see it for yourself; there is bound to be something that you are into.

Next, let’s look at RBDigital, our online digital magazine service, which provides downloadable, full-color magazines such as EatingWell, ESPN, National Geographic, Wired, and Vogue. RBDigital magazines look exactly like the print versions. You can download them onto your computer or mobile device to view and save for a later. Boasting intuitive navigation and search features that make digital magazines easy and enjoyable to read, RBDigital also has a free app you can download onto your iPad/iPhone, Android device, or Kindle Fire. This option gives you the flexibility to check out, download, return, and browse magazines wherever you are—24 hours a day. To get started, visit the library’s website, hover over Digital Content in the menu, select Instructions from the drop down menu, and click on your device.

Finally, visit the Natrona County Library’s website, hover over Research in the menu, and click Databases from the drop down to browse our many selections. (Go to if you are not a Natrona County Library patron.) Depending on your need, select the appropriate database and search for magazine or journal articles. Whether you are a casual magazine browser, have a specialized inquiry, or are looking for inspiration, we have a magazine or journal for you.

Whatever you need and however you access your information, the Natrona County Library has you covered. If you have any questions, stop by, give us a call, or email us to start accessing all the magazines and journals the library has to offer.

New Seed Library at Eastern Wyoming College

The latest Wyoming library to start a seed library is at Eastern Wyoming College. Library Director Casey Debus is pictured here with the brand new seed library.

The library has a variety of seeds organized alphabetically by type and variety, along with a planting guide for the varieties available. Casey said they envision patrons taking two to three seeds for every plant they intend to grow.

“I’ve wanted to start a seed library for quite some time, and it finally came together,” she said. “I hope the seed library will also be used by our students in their agriculture labs.”

Spring Into Your Latest Reading Adventure

Ten Sleep Library

From the Natrona County Library blog

By Jenn Beckstead, Teen Librarian
Natrona County Library

Reading is a crucial part of the everyday tasks of life. But if asked whether you and your family consider yourself readers, how would you answer? Are you reading for fun, to fill your free time, or to pursue your personal interests? Or do you read solely to fulfill work or school assignments?

Even those who triumphantly declare their love of novel pursuits may fall into unexpected reading slumps from time to time. So as you jump into the spring cleaning mode, make sure a visit to the Library is at the top of your to-do list. Dust off your library card and try these helpful hints.

Ask for suggestions
Chat with library staff about what you enjoy or dislike in the books you read. Use the NoveList Plus database to search for similar choices to what you love.

Change it up
Try a title that is new or different from what you might regularly choose to read. Browse the new releases, bestsellers, or recent award winner lists. Choose a format that works best for your circumstances or try one you’ve never read. Download an eBook, listen to an audio version, or read a magazine. Pick up a graphic novel or comic book.

Judge a book by the cover
Opt for a pick based exclusively on the book jacket. Challenge yourself and choose something with a cover you hate. You might be surprised by what you find inside.

Read it before you see it
Check out Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (the movie title changed to Love, Simon) or Ready Player One by Ernest Cline before booking your theater seats. If you enjoy watching the silver screen from the comfort of your living room, first read Margaret Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale or The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, the beloved picture book that inspired the recent animated movie.

Seasonal selections
March 14 is Pi Day (3.14) so grab a cookbook and treat yourself to a delicious homemade dessert. Sport fans, draft a new strategy. Try a biography or learn about the history of our favorite pastime. Create your own March Madness brackets, recruit other readers, and compete to choose your favorite book! If the cold, snowy spells have you dreaming of warmer weather, reach into the planting section and start plotting your summer garden.

Spring break
Whether you are taking a trip or planning a staycation, add reading to your agenda. It’s a perfect time to get lost in a new world, revisit an old favorite, cook a great meal, or learn a new skill. If you’ve discovered your current reading journey is a chore, the library is the perfect place to help you spring forward and turn your reading routine into an adventure.

Washakie County Library Reaches Endowment Goal

The Washakie County Library Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge for Washakie County. This Endowment Challenge was created by the Wyoming State Legislature in 2008 to ensure future support for Wyoming public libraries. A celebration of this achievement will be held for the community sometime during National Library Week, April 8-14.

We appreciate the support of the people in Washakie County and those who care and have ties to our county that helped meet the Challenge. Fundraisers were held, memorials were given, dedicated yearly donations were included, pocket change was dropped in collection boxes, and kids donated money from their piggy banks. Every donation was given from the heart. This money was invested to insure that our libraries continue.

Local funds raised by public libraries in Wyoming were matched with State fund on a 1:1, 2;1, or 3:1 depending on the county’s assessed valuation at the time the Challenge was established in 2008. Washakie County received the 3:1 match.

The Wyoming State Library keeps a running tally of the Endowment Challenge status for every library. The state’s 23 public libraries are at 95% of their fundraising goal collectively raised $8.6 million and received $17.9 million in state match and incentive funds. Proceeds from the investments of these funds may be used by each county’s Foundation to help their libraries in whatever capacity is needed.

Although the bulk of the funds were raised in Washakie County, the challenge was finished thanks to a creative, generous agreement with the Teton County Library Foundation.

Wyoming PBS Feature on the Natural Trap Cave

From the University of Wyoming Libraries blog

University of Wyoming Libraries’ Digital Collections has been working with the UW Geological Museum to digitize specimens from the Natural Trap Cave at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. This exciting collaboration results in both detailed images and 3D scans of fossils that can be printed. You can view the completed 3D models of this collection.

To learn more about the Natural Trap Cave watch this Wyoming PBS Main Street Wyoming feature below or on YouTube. The Geological Museum and Digital Collections details begin at around 21 minutes.

Comics Have Research Value at the AHC

An advocate for literacy and education, in 1994 Stan Lee participated in educational events open to the community at the UW campus. American Heritage Center – Events of 1994 – Stan Lee and Spider-Man April 12-14 Photo File, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

by Amanda Stow, Assistant Archivist
American Heritage Center

Comic book writer Stan Lee turned 95 in December, and he’s still at work.

Providing evidence to all his decades of work in the comic book industry, and its expansion to other entertainment media such as film and television, is the American Heritage Center’s collection of Lee’s papers, which continues to grow. Lee’s papers are a valuable educational resource, particularly to the University of Wyoming’s students.

Stan Lee signing comic books for former Wyoming First Lady Win Hickey, 1994 at UW. American Heritage Center – Events of 1994 – Stan Lee and Spider-Man April 12-14 Photo File, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Lee’s collection includes early twentieth century comics, manuscripts of his columns, and fan mail. Students and faculty in multiple disciplines use Lee’s collection to study literature, American Studies, social studies education, and more for research papers, theses, and curriculum development.

From his papers students learn about different facets of US culture from the twentieth century, including politics and social constructs, for example the Civil Rights Movement.

Comics from Lee’s collection often depict harsh realities of US culture and manuscripts; his columns discuss his reasoning for writing about particular social issues. Fan mail in the collection tell why particular characters or story lines are important to people, and from these letters students can learn about societal concerns at certain points in US history.

Open to the public, Lee’s papers are also a resource for anyone who is interested, whether for personal interest or for academic study. For these reasons, Lee’s comics and papers are frequently used, and are a valuable asset to the AHC and the education of its students and the wide number of communities it serves.

Rest easy, citizens, the AHC is on the job, promoting and protecting history and culture.

Reposted with permission from the American Heritage Center blog.

Sublette County’s Little Library Open for Business

From Sublette County Library

The Sublette County Little Library is officially in service. Open 24/7, the Little Library is unstaffed and no library card is needed. Built by the Big Piney High School Vocational Arts students and funded by the Sublette County Library Foundation, using the Little Library is simple… stop in and browse, take home and enjoy a book. When you are done with it, simply return it to the Little Library or to one of the Sublette County Libraries in Pinedale or Big Piney. There is also a book return for materials that need to go back to the two main libraries. Currently the Little Library is parked at the bus stop down at the entrance to Bargerville. It will be moved to various locations around the county. Updates on its current location will be placed on the library’s website and Facebook page.

Library Brings Internationally Celebrated Science Authors to Cheyenne

The Laramie County Library System is bringing international science stars and authors Dr. Jana Grcevich and Olivia Koski to Cheyenne on February 9 and 10 as part of its “Discover Space: a Cosmic Journey” exhibition.

Since the 2011 launch of the Intergalactic Travel Bureau at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, this new approach to science learning has inspired a virtual reality app, stage productions and the book, “Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler.”

The authors will visit South High School on the morning of Friday, February 9, to introduce area students to their special style of science demonstration: Guerilla Science. Koski leads USA operations for Guerilla Science, a London and New York based organization that produces events and installations for clients and venues from Kensington Palace and the Smithsonian to Burning Man and the Glastonbury Festival.

On Friday night, the Laramie County Library is hosting an after-hours reception, the Guerilla Science Mixer. This 21-and-over program happens from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature cocktails, a Guerilla Science demonstration and a chance for adults to meet the authors and get some time with the interactive Discover Space exhibits without the little ones.

On Saturday, February 10, the library is making the most of the authors’ visit with an Out of This World Young Writers Workshop for children grades three through twelve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grcevich and Koski will join local writers, educators and authors for writing seminars, lunch, prizes and a book signing.

Movie rights for the book “Vacation Guide to the Solar System” were won last summer by a production team at Paramount Pictures whose past credits include “Horrible Bosses”, “Vacation” and the upcoming “Game Night” with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. According to Variety magazine, the producers expect the movie to be similar in tone to “Jurassic Park” while based entirely on real science like the “Martian.”

Jana Grcevich, PhD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University and hosted shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in astronomy from Columbia University. Her research interests include dwarf galaxies and interstellar gas. In addition to research, she is deeply engaged in communicating science to the public and children and in finding new ways to understand science through art.

Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey is a travelling science museum at the library until March 27. It includes interactive displays, meteorites, games, costumes and special events and programs for all ages. It was developed by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation.