Wyoming Reads

Wyoming Reads Postponed Until Fall

2020’s Wyoming Reads Day, originally scheduled for May 12, will look a little different than past years. As with so many other special events in our world at this time, Wyoming Reads recently made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s literacy celebration until the fall of 2020 in hopes that the children will be back in school by then.

In the coming months, organizers will make decisions locally as to whether to choose another date to hold their events. A fall event may not be possible for every school and district with which Wyoming Reads partners, and organizers are working accordingly to accommodate as many of this year’s first graders as possible.

Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon and State Librarian Jamie Markus reading to first graders at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne during Wyoming Reads 2019.

About the Program

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.

For the 2019 event, held at locations in all 23 counties, more than 7,500 students received a book to that they picked from this year’s selections.

This year’s event was originally scheduled for May 12, 2020, but has been postponed until fall due to the pandemic.