Washakie County Library Celebrates Grand Opening

Dec 14, 2021

Group of people in a line in front of a library front desk holding a large red ribbon.

Left to right: Washakie County Library Director Karen Funk, Mandy Weaver, Tina Bear, Mike Healy (wielding the official ribbon-cutting scissors), Sarah Healy, Ladonna LaCroix, Teresa West, Karri Savage.

The doors are officially open! After all the planning, fundraising, and hard work that goes into opening a new library, the Washakie County Library held its grand opening on Saturday, December 11. The new library is located in downtown Worland at 801 Big Horn Ave.

“We’ve spent so much time looking back at the evolution of the Library in Washakie County,” Washakie County Library Director Karen Funk said. “Libraries are changing, but they’re still a resource that every community needs. All of us on the staff are excited to be part of that, for future generations to look back on. I feel we’re making history every day.”

Mike Healy was given the honors of cutting the ribbon. Mike was instrumental in the project by making a substantial private donation. The building was dedicated in honor of his late wife, Jean Bailey Healy, who passed away in 2009.

“One of the best parts of my job is to see everything our colleagues around the state do to serve their communities and make their communities thrive,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “This library will open doors of opportunity for all Washakie County residents. The board, the staff, and the entire community are to be commended for making this new library a reality.”

Two men shaking hands holding plaque between them.

County Commissioner Aaron Anderson. (right) presenting Mike Healy with a plaque in memory of Mike’s late wife.

Wooden plaque has image of woman on left. On the right, it reads: "This building is dedicated In Loving Memory of Jean Bailey Healy, avid reader and writer, who believed that the advancement of literacy and the arts is vital to our community. July 14, 1945-January 19, 2009"

The plaque in memory of Jean Healy.

Wide angle picture of numerous people in library.

The crowd enjoying the new library facilities.

Two children sitting at computers while a woman smiles in the doorway. A Christmas tree is in the background.

Children enjoying the computers.

White flower arrangement in front of display with historical photos and text.

Floral centerpiece and display on the library’s history.

People standing in line against a wall underneath a framed picture.

Washakie County Library staff (L to R): Karri Savage, Tina Bear, Karen Funk, Teresa West, Mandy Weaver, Ladonna LaCroix.

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