The 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 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.
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 ConstitutionFacts.com 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.
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.
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:
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
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
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 thinkwy.org. Information about the Wyoming Center for the Book can be directed to Lucas Fralick at email@example.com or 307.660.0729.
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: