Category Archives: Youth Services

2022 Wyoming Reads Books Selected

The six books for Wyoming Reads 2022 have been selected. Every Wyoming first-grade student will have the chance to choose one of these wonderful titles to keep:

  • Crossings by Katy S. Duffield
  • Duck Duck Moose by Mary Sullivan
  • I Am Not a Penguin: A Panolin’s Lament by Liz Wong
  • A New Day by Brad Meltzer
  • Oh Look, a Cake! by J.C. McKee
  • The Truth About Dragons by Jaime Zollars

Learn more about Wyoming Reads at Every year through Wyoming Reads, the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation gives thousands of first-graders a book to keep and cherish. The Wyoming State Library’s Central Acquisitions Program acquires these books at discounts up to 40 percent, stretching precious dollars so more books can be delivered to grateful young readers.

National Summer Learning Week is July 12-16

National Summer Learning Week logoNational Summer Learning Week is an annual celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, so that they can return to school ready to succeed. The event is an initiative of the National Summer Learning Association.

Resource and toolkits themes for the week include

  • Kick-Off Summer Learning Week
  • Dive into a Book Adventure
  • Discover STEM and Soar
  • Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness
  • Celebrate the Future Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Make a Masterpiece

Join the conversation on social media with hashtag #SummerLearningWeek. Learn more at

WLA Book Award Nominations for 2021-22

The nominees are chosen, and Wyoming’s K-12 students will soon have the chance to vote on their favorite books.

Each year, the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. 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.

Learn more about the awards.

WANTED poster displays covers of Buckaroo Award nominees
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2021-22 Buckaroo Book Award Nominees

  • Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña
  • A Drop of the Sea by Ingrid Chabbert
  • Giraffe Problems by Jory John
  • Just Ask! Be Brave, Be Different, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Let ’er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • My Rainy Day Rocketship by Markette Sheppard
  • Pea, Bee, and Jay: Stuck Together by Brian Smith
  • Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho
  • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright
Poster with book cover images for Indian Paintbrush award nominees
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2021-22 Indian Paintbrush Award Nominees

  • Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Out of Hiding: a Holocaust Survivor’s Journey to America by Ruth Gruener
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre
  • Wildfire by W.R. Philbrick
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
Poster with book cover images for Soaring Eagle award nominees
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2021-22 Soaring Eagle Award Nominees

  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
  • Desert Dust by Paul W. Papa
  • Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
  • Sky Hunter by Marie Lu
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  • Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Día Celebrates Children, Families, and Reading

Dia banner reads: "Each story matters, every child counts

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

Find booklists, event planning tools, and more at

Free Online Games Make Financial Literacy Fun

Happy son saving money in piggy bank with fatherThe American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money.

The four interactive games — part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids and available at — are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well. They include:

  • Earning It: Follow the paths of characters Grace, Emma, and Kenji to see how their childhood interests translate into successful careers and opportunities to “give back” by volunteering.
  • Balance My Budget: Make choices about how to meet basic needs and treat yourself with a splurge here and there, while sticking to a monthly budget.
  • Money Trail: Starting with $500 in your bank account, make decisions about how to earn and spend.
  • Let’s Deal: Hear from buyers and vendors at a farmers’ market as they swap goods and learn about money.

Library workers are invited to use the games for in-person or virtual programming or to share them on library websites or social media. Additional financial literacy resources for library workers, including model programs and professional development, are available at Smart investing@your library.

Nominations Open for Wyoming Book Awards

young boy sitting on a pile of books reading against a white backgroundThe Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association invite you to submit nominations for the 2022 Wyoming Book Awards.

Each year, these two organizations jointly sponsor the awards to 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 submit your nominations for each of these three awards:

On each committee site, you will find nomination forms, past winners, and contact information for committee members so that you may contact them with any questions Nominations close on March 15, 2021.

Wyoming Reads 2021 Books Selected

The six books for next year’s Wyoming Reads have been selected — everything from chewing gum to seahorses to purple people! Wyoming’s first graders are going to have a hard time picking just one of these fabulous books to keep and cherish:

  • Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield
  • The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
  • Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner
  • On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • This Is a Seahorse by Cassandra Federman

Wyoming Reads is a statewide celebration focusing on the joy of reading. The highlight is that every first grade student in Wyoming receiving a hardback book with their name printed inside the cover, donated by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. John Jorgensen established the foundation in 1996 and founded the Casper Cares, Casper Reads festival to honor his late wife’s commitment to children and reading. The celebration was expanded statewide as Wyoming Reads in 2006.

November is National Family Literacy Month

Family With Young Children Reading Book In Playroom TogetherFrom the Colorado Virtual Library blog
By Marisa Wood, Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library

Over the past several decades, practitioners across the country have recognized the strong correlation between parents’/caregivers’ educational attainment and children’s educational outcomes. Families succeed when they learn together.

Back in 1994, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) worked with Congress to designate November 1 as National Family Literacy Day. Since then, we have joined libraries, schools, and educational programs across the country to celebrate National Family Literacy Month throughout each November.

The month offers an opportunity for practitioners to emphasize the important role that families play in the education of their children. Whether it’s hosting a virtual reading workshop for families in your program or classroom or publicly recognizing families for their efforts during this difficult year, there are many ways to celebrate during this month.

This November, you are invited to take part in 30 Days of Families Learning Together, a guide providing a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. Share your activities online using #NationalFamilyLiteracyMonth. You can also subscribe to NCFL’s Hotspot blog or follow them on social media to learn about useful resources and strategies throughout the month.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month in September

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources, and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions. A library card is an essential item on the back-to-school supplies list.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

YA Resources Addressing Racism

From the Colorado Virtual Library

Recent national events have brought a critical focus on racism in this country. To help address this topic in your library, here are some resources for youth services staff.

Professional Development

Collection Development

Talking with Kids and Teens about Race

What Else You Can Do