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Jul 9, 2020

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Jo Otterholt retired from the Wyoming Services for the Deaf Library at the end of May. Jo joined the Wyoming Department of Education in 1989 at the Wyoming School for the Deaf, working with students and managing library resources for students, teachers, and interpreters. After the school closed in 2000, she interpreted and tutored deaf students for Natrona County School District #1 until June 2004, when she rejoined the Dept. of ed to manage Outreach Library Services for the Deaf. In retirement, she looks forward to spending time with her husband, family, and friends as well as fishing-boating, camping and exploring Wyoming. She plans to continue serving on various organizations serving deaf children in Wyoming.

Garrett Randolph left Park County Library in late June. Garrett began as a Children’s Assistant in February 2018, coming to the library with no formal training, but with a winning personality and real love for kids. He was responsible for storytimes, and worked at the circulation desk. Garrett is pursuing a full-time music career in eastern Oregon as part of “R&M”, an acoustic guitar duo. Their latest album is “American Spirits.” His coworkers wish him all the very best – he will be missed in Cody!

Brenda Ariosto is the new Resource Specialist at the Wyoming Services for the Deaf Library. She’s a graduate of Kelly Walsh High School, born and raised in Wyoming. Brenda has worked for the State of Wyoming for six years, and she and her husband own Action Glass in Casper. She’s a competitive shooter and avid rockhound, and loves the outdoor lifestyle — camping, fishing, four-wheeling and just out for drives any chance she gets. Her husband, two children, eight (soon to be nine) grandchildren, and one great-grandchild are the center of her life. “My family comes first in anything and everything I do,” Brenda said. “I’m blessed beyond measure to have all of them right here in Wyoming.”

Anne Stowe retired from Sublette County Library in June after spending 19 years at the Pinedale Library. Ann was the overseer of the audiovisual collection and could recommend the perfect movie or audiobook without hesitation. She patiently taught many a patron how to download and enjoy the digital resources. Ann is looking forward to enjoying her grandson Solomon and traveling in her retirement.

Travis Pollok, Legislative Librarian at the Wyoming State Library, has received the Southern New Hampshire University 2020 Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given to students with the highest final GPA in their program and recognizes the achievements of graduating Global Campus students. Travis received a Masters of History in Military History from SNHU last year.

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