Category Archives: Wyoming Library News

A Look Back at Wyoming Snapshot Day 2022



We had a fabulous time seeing all the photos and comments from libraries around the state on Wyoming Snapshot Day in October. This presentation was displayed prominently at the Wyoming Library Association Legislative Reception earlier this month. We thought others might enjoy seeing it.

If your library did not participate in Wyoming Snapshot Day in 2022, we hope you’ll join us in 2023! Mark your calendar for October 24. We’ll have announcements on this blog closer to the event when we call for signups. Contact Susan Mark at susan.mark@wyo.gov with any questions.

Teton County Library Launches Pop Up Workspace in Wilson



Two people outside on snowy street. One holds sign with library logo, and both hold sign that reads LIBRARY TABLE OPEN

Teton County Library’s first satellite workspace, called the Library Table, has popped up at the Calico Restaurant in Wilson. Folks can drop by to use the library’s free Wi-Fi and settle in at a table to do work in a quiet place before restaurant hours.

“We’re excited to reimagine public space and how to give the community access to library resources while saving commute time, gas, and emissions,” said Leah Shlachter, the library’s adult program coordinator. “It’s a creative experiment to expand our library campus while utilizing existing infrastructure. We’re lucky to have found enthusiastic partners at the Calico.”

A library staff member will be on hand to offer information and assistance if needed. Passers by can expect to see a green “Library Table Open” flag waving during operating hours outside the Calico, which is adjacent to START Bus stop serviced by the Teton Village South and Local lines.

Person sitting by windows working on laptop at one of several tables. A table sign reads "Welcome to Library Table!"

During this year’s strategic planning surveys and community retreats, library leadership heard public demand for services to outlying areas, and will be testing the effectiveness of different methods of outreach in the coming months. Library Table at the Calico is being tested through June 2023.

 

Partnership Brings Blood Pressure Kits to Libraries Around the State



Man's arm wearing automated blood pressure cuffSelf-measured blood pressure monitoring kits are coming to Wyoming libraries, thanks to a collaborative pilot project among the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA), the Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and local public libraries.

Albany County Library began circulating 10 kits in October, available at all locations, including the bookmobile. Sweetwater County Library System and Park County Library went live on December 14. Natrona County Library will begin on January 16. Sublette County Library, Lincoln County Library System, Big Horn County Library, Washakie County Library, Sheridan County Public Library System, Laramie County Library System, and Carbon County Library System are slated for February.

The kits, available in both English and Spanish, include an automated home blood pressure cuff, blood pressure logbooks, educational materials from the American Heart Association, information on what blood pressure is, and ideas for healthy lifestyle changes. The kits also include a resource directory of local community-based organizations and referral resources to the Cent$ible Nutrition Program and the Healthy U chronic disease self-management program.

Nearly half of adults in the United States — 47 percent, or 116 million — have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, or are taking medication for hypertension, and 24 percent with hypertension have their condition under control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Wyoming, 30.7 percent of adults have been told that they have high blood pressure, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.

While self-measured blood pressure is not a substitute for regular visits to a primary care physician, it is a way for individuals to see and track their numbers, giving them more information that can be communicated to their doctors.

“Information is power, and the more information a patient and their doctor have, the better the treatment plan,” says Maggie Kougl, a WyCOA senior project coordinator. “Better treatment plans lead to better overall health. That’s the goal of this project — to work to improve the health of our communities.”

Capitol Avenue Bronze Donation Honors the Late Carol McMurry



Bronze statue of woman seated wearing dress and broad-brimmed hat with papers on her lap.
Photo credit: Carla Bankes

The Capitol Avenue Bronze Project has been placing bronze statues in downtown Cheyenne. These pay tribute to the pioneering spirit of the people of Cheyenne and Wyoming. The project will place bronze statues on every corner of Capitol Avenue from the remodeled Union Pacific Train Depot on Lincolnway up to the Capitol building.

Earlier this year, a statue was installed that honored the late Carol McMurry, a long-time member of and generous supporter of the Wyoming library community.

The statue “My Friend Flicka author; Mary O’Hara” by artist Joel Turner was placed on the southeast corner of Capitol Avenue and 20th Street in memory of Carol. This piece of public art was donated by Paul and Carla Bankes, Matt and Stephanie Seebaum, and Pat Spieles.

Carol McMurry graduated from Natrona County High School in 1962, attended Casper College, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1966. She worked as a librarian for most of her career.

In 2000, Carol and her two sisters donated $5 million to the Wyoming Community Foundation, $1 million of which was dedicated to libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment. The Library Endowment supports both library projects and continuing education. Over the years, numerous projects have been accomplished with this funding and many library workers have furthered their education and training, due to her generosity.

Libraries Were the Talk of the Town on Snapshot Day



Stack of comment forms that say, "Please tell us why the library is important to you"On Wyoming Snapshot Day in October, we asked patrons why the library was important to them. We had many wonderful comments, but one stood out as our absolute favorite:

“Best library in America, best ever. Up there with chili cheese fries with extra jalapenos and bacon bits.”

Pete Stine, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library patron

It’s high praise to be compared with chili cheese fries, indeed!

Plenty of other library patrons also weighed in on why their libraries matter to them. You can read all the comments on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website, but here are a few that stood out:

Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library

​“It’s important to me because there is a wealth of history and information in these walls. The library gives a place for people to gather and is important for youth to be able to research their own ideas and learn. The computers give those who do not have access otherwise to a wealth of information as well. The library is important because it is a place for community, young and old, to come together for knowledge and wisdom.”- Nikki

Gillette College Daly Library

For me the library is a place of refuge. A quiet place away from the noises of the rest of life. The study rooms provide a place I can do my homework in peace.” – Student

“From promoting student success to tracking down whatever esoteric tome I’m fixated on, my library always exceeds my expectations.” – Faculty member

Laramie County Library

“One of my most favorite moments at the library is being in a small crowd of people waiting for the library to open. I love that others enjoy this special place as much as I do!” – Instagram user robin4056

Pine Bluffs Branch Library

“I like the library because of the librarians and all the fun activities. They provide movies, too.” – Korbyn

Sublette County Library

“Community and connections. Art and care. My favorite place for a quiet afternoon.” – Adult patron

“The library is a gateway to unchartered words, an escape from whatever I am dealing with at that moment. Libraries are essential to a thriving community.” – Robin

“One of the only places to hang out with zero expectation to spend money!” –  Nichols Payne

Star Valley Branch Library

“The library is a place where both my kids and myself can enjoy books together, and learn. We love storytime! The kids can get together with friends to read and do activities. The library saves me a lot of money when I borrow books/movies instead of buying them.” – Allison Miseirvitch

“We love the library! We are a homeschooling family and books are invaluable for learning. We love the resources available through our library.” – Nicole

“The library is a great place to connect with the community and with friends. I feel less lonely when I visit the library!” – Kim S

Campbell County Public Library

“Books are my friends! I love the downloads on my Kindle but need real paper books in my hands. Community is found in a library!” – Janice Smith

“It provides a safe and free place for anyone to find help, explore things they’re passionate about, and it strengthens our community!” – Ashley

La Barge Branch Library

“My kids and I love the library for all the books and movies they have to offer, and for their fun reading programs for kids and adults.”

Crook County Library

“I love books. I love borrowing books! Our study group meets here. The librarians are helpful and kind.”

Thayne Branch Library

“We love the winter activities that get us out but also the wide range of book and games we can check out”

“Because I don’t have internet at home.”

Johnson County Library

“I know I can find answers to all of my questions.  I can see the world, I can run away, and I can always get a welcoming smile.”

“Our little boy loves coming and getting new books, plus everyone is so welcoming!  We so appreciate you all!”

Weston County Library

“Reading is a very important aspect of education – one of the most important! All our great thinkers and leaders including, Nathanial Bowditch, Abraham Lincoln, and Ben Carson, were avid readers. Having access to free books at a library opens up a wealth of knowledge and learning anybody can obtain. This opens doors to opportunities that wealth, status, power, background, etc. can’t! – Hannah Gross​

Alpine Branch Library

“We have been coming to story time at the Alpine Branch Library for ten years, and all of my kids (ages 4-15) love it!  They have all developed a love of reading!” –Tina Crowther

Powell Branch Library

“The library has been a great place for me and my young kids to get out in the community and meet people. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a 2 and 5 year old and especially during the winter, this is the only place in town to go play.” – Hanna

Park County Library, Cody

“I love storytime and crafts. I really like the Wonderbooks that read to me.” – four-year-old patron

“I absolutely love storytime. Miss Joy is wonderful! I bring my grandkids every Tuesday and the play area is wonderful!” – Angela

Centennial Junior High School

It is quiet and an escape from your day and as soon as I come in I just feel relaxed.

I feel that I can be safe in here, and I love libraries.

Read the rest on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website.

 

 

Park County Library System Launches New Outreach Van



Colorfully decorated van with library name and website along with stack of books

Park County Library is going on the road with its new Mobile Outreach Van. The van will allow them to “pop-up” at parks and playgrounds, community events, fairs, farmers markets, etc. with access to books, storytime, crafts, games, and other activities. A typical pop-up library will involve setting up tables, hot spots, laptop, promotional materials, and hands-on activities to promote and provide library services to regular library patrons and non-library users who can learn about library services.

When not providing pop-up library services throughout the county, the Mobile Outreach Van will be making regular visits to nursing homes, senior living facilities, hospitals, rural schools (Clark, Ralston, and Wapiti), summer camps, day cares, and preschools.

Purchase of the van was made possible through the generosity of the Park County Library Foundation, Fremont Motors of Cody and Powell, and Christ Episcopal Church of Cody.

Read more about this exciting development on the Park County Library System website.

Goshen County Library Celebrates its Centennial



Cake shaped like stack of books with "100" on one of the spines

The Goshen County Library recently marked its 100th birthday! A special event was the culmination of celebrating 100 years of serving the residents of Goshen County. Festivities included singing led by Paul Braddy (Library Director Cristine Braddy’s husband), cake, confetti cannons, and activities. Kids in attendance enjoyed stacking 100 cups, building with marshmallows and glowsticks, and playing board games.

Young and old celebrated together and enjoyed conversation. The library is looking to the future with a new logo in the coming months.

According to a history written in 1969 by Mary Kelly, who was Goshen County Librarian at the time, the library was first “established in 1922 by a small group of a Womans Club. It was first located in the Junior High wing of the Torrington high school.”

You can see all the photos and videos, but we thought we’d share some of our favorites here.

Two women managing refreshments table with cake and cookies

Older man visiting with young boy in the children's section of the library

Kids gathered around a table playing a board game

Group of adults sitting in comfortable furniture in a circle

 

Wyoming Roving Archivist Website Launches



The Wyoming Roving Archivist Program (RAP) has officially launched its website at rovingarchivist.wyo.gov.

The site will contain all news regarding the project. A blog will provide periodic updates on the project status, sneak peeks into results of the planned survey of cultural heritage institutions, and general information about preserving archival materials. Another way to stay updated is to sign up for the email list. There’s also an Ask the Archivist form to submit questions regarding the project and other topics.

RAP is a collaborative project of the Wyoming State Archives, University of Wyoming American Heritage Center, and WY SHRAB.

Big Piney Library to Celebrate its Grand Reopening



Gold background with champagne glasses and text that reads: Come celebrate the GRAND REOPENING of the newly renovated Big Piney Library, 106 Fish Street in Big Piney, Wyoming, on New Year's EveWhat are you doing New Year’s Eve? The Big Piney Library is celebrating a new year and a newly renovated building!

The Big Piney Library building at 106 Fish Street in Big Piney will reopen on Saturday, December 31, from 6-9 pm for a public unveiling of the refurbished and revitalized space. They’re planning champagne, appetizers, and desserts, as well as an art show and live music. “Big Piney Black Tie” attire is encouraged for this very special event!

The library building has been closed for renovation since June 2021 with library staff and a fraction of the collection housed at the Big Piney Rec Center since then.

Follow this event on Facebook.

Outreach Garden Blooms at Park County Library in Cody



Sign reads EXTENSION OUTREACH GARDEN with partner logos

Step outside the Park County Library in Cody, and you’ll be treated to an Outreach Garden and Storywalk, thanks to strong partnerships and a library willing to reach out for an opportunity to make the community better.

In the Spring of 2021, Bobbie Holder and Deb Kelly from UW Ag Extension and Cent$ible Nutrition presented an idea to the Park County Commissioners, which triggered Park County Library Director, Karen Horner, to reach out and connect. The idea was to create an Outreach Garden at the County Complex outside the library to be used for teaching and learning and of course the library enthusiastically supported and wanted to help make this idea happen.

Sunflowers behind fence in front of pond with sign that says "outreach garden"

The organizations worked together to secure funding to start the garden. With the hard work of Bobbie Holder, Deb Kelly, and volunteers the garden came to existence by August of 2021. This has secured a wonderful partnership of the UW Ag Extension and Park County Library.

Building on the creation of the Outreach Garden, a Storywalk was unveiled in October of 2021 that led from the library to the garaden. Kindness benches were installed in November of 2021 throughout the walking paths of the County Complex.

Line of people, mostly children, on walkway
October 2021 ribbon cutting for Storywalk

Summer 2022 saw the Outreach Garden used by other organizations and in full bloom. The Storywalk and Kindness benches highlighted the garden and pathways. One of the grizzly bear statues that was used for fundraising to create the Cody Library was placed at the end of the Storywalk, highlighting the wonderful outdoor space devoted to learning and growing.

Painted orange and yellow butterfly on sidewalk
Deb Kelly painted stencils in the outdoor children space.
Long green caterpillar painted on sidewalk outside building
Deb Kelly painted stencils in the outdoor children space.
Statue of grizzly bear among trees behind yellow park bench
The library’s grizzly bear at the end of the Storywalk.