Category Archives: Youth Services

Wyoming Book Awards Nominees Announced for 2022-23

The Wyoming Library Association’s three book awards committees have announced the nominees for 2022-23. Three book awards are given: the Soaring Eagle (grades 7-12), Indian Paintbrush (grades 4-6), and Buckaroo (grades K-3). These provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

Learn more and find links to materials for participation on the Wyoming Book Awards page.

The Soaring Eagle Committee is pleased to announce the nominated titles for 2022-2023. Stay tuned for additional resources, but here is the list.

Soaring Eagle logoSoaring Eagle Nominees

  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  • Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen
  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
  • Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
  • Paul, Big and Small by David Glen Robb
  • Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury
  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus
  • Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Indian Paintbrush logoIndian Paintbrush Nominees

  • Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
  • The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
  • Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
  • History Smashers: Mayflower by Kate Messner
  • Linked by Gordon Korman
  • My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner
  • Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps
  • Switched by Bruce Hale
  • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson/Omar Mohamed

Buckaroo logoBuckaroo Award Nominees

  • Dear Librarian by Lydia Sigwarth
  • Dragonboy by Fabio Napoleoni
  • Encounter by Brittany Luby
  • Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex
  • King of the Birds by Elisa Gravel
  • A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear
  • The Sequoia Lives On by Joanna Cooke
  • Snail Crossing by Corey Tabor
  • Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Colter
  • This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis

Wyoming Humanities Names 2022 Letters About Literature Winners

The Wyoming Center for the Book, now operating under the Wyoming Humanities umbrella, announced this year’s winners of the annual Letters About Literature contest for the state’s youth.

In this program, students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. More than 260 students from across Wyoming participated in this year’s event.

This year’s winners and their chosen books are:

Grades 4-6

  • 1st Place: Caroline Childers, Lander – “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper
  • 2nd Place: Arya Ghormley, Lander – “Keeper of the Lost Cities” by Shannon Messenger
  • 3rd Place: Charlotte Osborne, Lander – “Helpers” by Nate Long
  • Honorable Mention: Kimberly Weber, Lander – “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Grades 7-8

  • 1st Place: Kailee Grimes, Pinedale – “The Histories” by Herodotus
  • 2nd Place: Royce Hancock, Riverton – “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome” by Kathy Hoopmann
  • 3rd Place: Evie Mushlock, Shell – “Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Honorable Mention: Elsie Bott, Riverton – “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull

Grades 9-12

  • 1st Place: Malorie Bender, Lander – “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth
  • 2nd Place: Parker Zoe Jackson, Laramie – “Throne of Glass” Series by Sarah Maas
  • 3rd Place: Ethan Cearlock, Powell – “The Stranger” by Albert Camus
  • Honorable Mention: Alexandra Tibbets, Green River – “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

Winners received Amazon gift cards worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third.

For more information about Wyoming Humanities and its programs, visit Information about the Wyoming Center for the Book can be directed to Lucas Fralick at or 307.660.0729.

Department of Family Services Conducting Early Childhood Survey

Young boy on floor on stomach, chin in hands. Graphic reads "FAMILIES WE NEED YOUR HELP!" with additional information about the survey. Baby with text reading "FAMILIAS,­ NECESITAMOS SUS EXPERIENCIAS Y OPINIONES!" with additional information about the survey in Spanish

The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) is conducting a survey of parents of young children from birth to age 5. The purpose is to learn more about families with young children, the services they use or need, and how they might better serve families across the state.

They’re asking for help disseminating information about the survey to families in Wyoming. Libraries can help by:

This survey ends May 6, so please distribute it at your earliest convenience!

Two Wyoming Librarians Selected for Youth Services Training

Erikson Institute logoAubry Ellis, Youth Services and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Riverton Branch Library, and Robin Levin, Head Librarian at Fort Washakie School and Community Library, were selected to participate in the Erikson Institute TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center’s first ever training on Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff.

The goal of this training is to empower Youth Service Librarians to see themselves as guides in implementing media literacy in early childhood. At the end of this program, librarians will be able to offer a set of lifelong skills in media use that will not only encourage children and families to learn how to evaluate media critically, but also to develop skills on using media for creating and taking action.

This national professional development program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn more about this grant, visit the IMLS project webpage. The program is part of a three-cohort pilot to help develop online professional development that will be launched nationally in 2024.

WLA Youth Services Interest Group Spring Meeting

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The Wyoming Library Association Youth Services Interest Group Spring Meeting is back, and registration is now open. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held Thursday and Friday, May 5-6 in Buffalo, Wyoming, at the Johnson County Library.

For registration and hotel information, visit the WLA website. Please direct any questions to Becky Prelle at

YALSA Releases Several Lists of Top Picks for Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has announced several 2022 “best of” lists for teen readers. These include:

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association  is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens — especially those with the greatest needs — on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

Voting Now Open for Wyoming Book Awards

Boy reading book sitting on floor in school libraryAttention Wyoming school and youth services librarians! Voting is now open for all Wyoming Book Awards.

Please collect and cast votes for the Buckaroo, Indian Paintbrush, and Soaring Eagle awards until March 15. The forms are also posted online:

Nominations for next year’s awards are also needed and encouraged! These are due by March 1:

Questions? Contact Melissa Snider, Wyoming Book Awards Advisor, at

Wyoming Letters About Literature Deadline Extended

How did an author’s work change your view of the world? Or even of yourself?

Wyoming students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. Sponsored by Wyoming Humanities, the 2022 Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest is accepting submissions.

The submission deadline has been extended until March 4.

Complete information including the submission form can be found at and searching “Letters About Literature.”

The program promotes the excitement and value of reading and writing. Entries will be judged at the state level in three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. Winners will receive an Amazon gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third.

This contest is presented as part of the Wyoming Center for the Book, now housed with Wyoming Humanities.

Guidelines and entry forms may also be found by contacting Lucas Fralick at or (307) 721-9243.

Coloring Contest for Wyoming Children Fights Food Insecurity

Coloring page with girl at table with table setting, large heart, and text that reads #HEARTFULL #TABLEFULLElementary school and children’s librarians — Food Bank of Wyoming is seeking your help to reach kids in PreK-5. 

Wyoming children are invited to participate in the 2022 #Heartfull#Tablefull Coloring Contest. Hearty is a character Food Bank of Wyoming uses to highlight hunger and the hunger helpers throughout the state. The Hearty program helps children know that food insecurity is around them and how they can help others in a time of need.

Learn more and download the three different coloring pages. Winners will be awarded in the following categories and receive a chocolatey prize courtesy of Donells Candies:

  • 1st Grade and Younger: Most Colorful, Most Creative
  • 2nd Grade through 3rd Grade: Most Colorful, Most Creative
  • 4th Grade through 5th Grade: Most Colorful, Most Creative

Deadline to enter is February 21. Mail completed coloring pages to Food Bank of Wyoming, P.O. Box 1540, Evansville, WY 82636. Include the artist’s grade and contact information.