The Joy of Books at Wyoming Reads

May 17, 2022

Group of women and children wearing sunglasses in library

Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon was one of the celebrity readers at Natrona County Library in Casper.

Wyoming Reads, gives a hardback picture book to keep to every Wyoming first-grade student. Over 6,900 books were distributed to first-graders at Wyoming Reads literacy celebrations held across the state in each of Wyoming’s 23 counties. This year’s event took place today, May 17.

Two women and several children sitting in a circle in a library. One woman is reading a picture book.

Laramie County Library, Cheyenne

Celebrity readers from the community — including First Lady Jennie Gordon — read books to the first graders at these events. The children also enjoy a special fairytale about “The Good Queen Sue,” a tribute to Sue Jorgensen, in whose memory this event was established.

Children in line wearing tie-dyed t-shirts and sunglasses in library

Natrona County Library, Casper

Earlier this year, children had the opportunity to choose which book they would like to receive from the following options:

  • Crossings by Katy S. Duffield
  • Duck Duck Moose by Mary Sullivan
  • I Am Not a Penguin: A Pangolin’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
Children outside in a line leaving the library.

Laramie County Library, Cheyenne

Wyoming Reads celebrations focus on the joy of reading, highlighted by each child receiving a hardback book with their name printed inside the cover, donated by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation.

Woman reading picture book to group of children inside bookmobile.

Laramie County Library System Bookmobile

John Jorgensen established the Sue Jorgensen Library 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.

Elderly man reading book to group of children

Natrona County Library, Casper

For more information on Wyoming Reads, visit

Two women reading book to group of children.

Laramie County Library, Cheyenne

Children seated on floor holding book bags

Natrona County Library, Casper


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