Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon and State Librarian Jamie Markus reading to students at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.
Mark down 2019 for another successful Wyoming Reads celebration. This event, held at locations in all 23 counties, gave a hardback book to keep to every Wyoming first-grade student. More than 7,500 students received a book to cherish that they picked from this year’s selections.
Wyoming Reads is a program of the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. It began in 1999 as “Casper Cares, Casper Reads” and expanded statewide in 2006. John Jorgensen established the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation and the annual celebration to honor his late wife’s commitment to literacy and books. Wyoming Reads uses the State Library’s Central Acquisitions program to purchase books at steep discounts to stretch donated dollars.
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Enjoying a bite to eat at the Rawlins Library, Carbon County Library System, during Wyoming Reads.
Students holding up their books during Wyoming Reads at Park County Library in Cody. Each child chose a book of their choice from a list of six titles.
Wyoming Reads at Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library
Guernsey-Sunrise School students at Platte County Public Library
Jerry Jones reading to students at Natrona County Library. Jerry is NCL’s Youth Services Coordinator.
Students enjoying some sunshine during Wyoming Reads at Natrona County Library.
Green River High School students acted out stories for the first grades at Wyoming Reads at Sweetwater County Library.
Crook County first graders gathered at Devils Tower for Wyoming Reads.
First grade students with their new books at Niobrara County Library.
A rapt crowd of students at Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.
What a crowd at Fremont County Library – Lander!
The first graders from Pinedale Elementary came to the Sublette County Library in Pinedale and had a great time. They had six guest readers from the community.
Wyoming Reads in Lovell at the Hyart Theatre. Middle school students read to the different groups of first graders and also dressed up as Mickey and Donald. Students watched the movie Finding Nemo and then they came on stage as their librarians read their names and their principals handed them their new books and library cards.
Students showing off their new books during Wyoming Reads at Greybull Public Library.