Category Archives: Youth Services

Nominations Now Open for 2023-24 Wyoming Book Awards

Black and white logo says "Wyoming Book Awards" with prize ribbonThe Wyoming Book Awards committees are now accepting nominations from K-12 students for the 2023-2024 awards list. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

School and public librarians are invited to solicit nominations from students and patrons and submit them using these forms:

Nominations for next year’s lists will be accepted until March 1, 2023.

The awards lists are only as excellent as the nominations, so please spread the word! You can nominate up to 10 titles at a time, and fill out the form as many times as needed. It’s very helpful to the committees when you submit nominations as you receive them; it helps the members keep up with the amount of reading they need to do.

The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor these awards. For more information, contact Melissa Snider, Wyoming Book Awards Advisor, at

Wyoming Book Awards on Back of the Stacks Podcast

Black and white logo says "Wyoming Book Awards" with prize ribbonThe Wyoming Book Awards were recently featured on Teton County Library’s Back of the Stacks podcast. Eva Dahlgren and Jerry Bilek with Teton County Library were joined by Melissa Snider, Library Media Specialist at Munger Mountain Elementary School. The three had a great discussion about the contest and the books that have been nominated for the 2022-23 award cycle.

Listen to the podcast.

In March, students will vote on their favorites for the awards in three age categories:

  • Soaring Eagle Award, grades 7-12
  • Indian Paintbrush Award, grades 4-6
  • Buckaroo Award, grades K-3

Students must read three books from their category to be eligible to vote.

The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor these awards. For more information, contact Melissa Snider, Wyoming Book Awards Advisor, at

Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest Opens November 14

Teens and tweens, get your pens ready! The Wyoming Center for the Book at Wyoming Humanities invites students in grades 4-12 to enter Letters About Literature, a statewide writing competition.

Guidelines and entry forms can be found at

Entries will be accepted beginning November 14, 2022.  Postmark deadline is January 31, 2023. Early or late entries will not be accepted.

Students may compete in one of three levels: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-12. First place winners at each competition level will receive a $150 Amazon gift card, second place winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, and third place winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. All winners and honorable mentions will receive a non-monetary award certificate.

Questions? Contact Lucas Fralick at Wyoming Humanities at or (307) 660-0729.

Students can Enter Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge

Wyoming middle and high school classrooms or homeschoolers are encouraged to create new video content promoting public cybersecurity awareness for the Cyber-in-a-Box library program.

The Cyber-in-a-Box School Video Challenge offers teachers (or parent sponsors) $50 – $100 for supplies, and offers teams of up to five students (grades 6-12) t-shirts for entering the Challenge.

Cybersecurity is a community issue. In 2021, Wyoming citizens reported losses of over $10 million dollars (FBI Internet Crimes Complaint Center) for less than 600,000 people in the state. These losses are for our communities and we need to have conversations about being more security aware.

In creating the videos, the Challenge connects education objectives involving technology, computer science, communication, teamwork, and social behavior while enhancing community cyber-health and cyber-safety practices.


  • Registration open through November 30, 2022
  • Video deadline March 1, 2023
  • Judging completed March 30, 2023
  • Virtual Premiere April 20, 2023, at 2 p.m. MDT

Contest details

The Cyber-in-a-Box library program was developed by the Wyoming CAN (Cybersecurity Action Network) Committee and implemented by the CyberWyoming Alliance and the Wyoming State Library, both members of the CAN committee. This year’s video challenge was made possible in part through support from Microsoft and ISI Wyoming.

For a list of the suggested topics for videos or for questions, contact the CyberWyoming Alliance at

Wyoming Young Authors Contest Kicks off in November

Banner contest graphicThe Young Authors Contest, a well-known and loved writing competition for Wyoming K-12 students, will have a kick-off event on November 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. MDT. Join the Wyoming State Literacy Association (WSLA) for a live, virtual presentation with this link, or use the recording in your class to have the contest rules and regulations explained. Maci Welch, a Casper author, will share tips for good writing.

The contest welcomes a new category for graphic novels this year. Also new: entries can be digitally uploaded and there will be monthly “Adventures with Authors” Google Meets on November 15, December 1, January 5, and January 17. See the WSLA calendar of events for details.

Schools throughout Wyoming are encouraged to participate in the Young Authors Contest. This state-wide writing competition is offered for all grades, K-12. Entries include poems, non-fiction, fiction, and graphic novels. The Young Authors Contest provides students the opportunity to write for enjoyment, share their writing, and receive recognition for their work.

Learn more on the Wyoming State Literacy Association website.

Constitution Day Poster Contest for K-12 Students

Student poster includes images of Constitution, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and red, white, and blue eagle.
2021 Grand Prize poster by Mengyang Pan, 10th Grade.

K-12 students (including homeschoolers) are invited to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, 2022, by designing a poster showing how they benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), Government Information for Children (GIC) Committee and are national sponsors of the Fourteenth Annual U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest for students. Prizes will be awarded for each grade. Each grade winner will receive a Constitution commemorative coin with the grand prize winner also receiving a $100 cash prize.

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2022.

  • Download the poster rules/deadlines.
  • View the GIC Committee’s Constitution Day LibGuide.

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!