Why do People Love Their Wyoming Libraries? Here’s What They Said!

Nov 1, 2021

Two girls sitting on couch in front of bookshelf. One is holding up sign that reads "Sorry, I'm booked." The other holds a sign reading, "I'm kind of a big deal @ my library."

Ten Sleep Branch Library on Snapshot Day.

On Wyoming Snapshot Day, we asked patrons why the library was important to them. We had so many great comments, it was tough to narrow it down to a few to share here on the blog. You can read all of them over on the Wyoming Snapshot Day website. We’d also encourage you to check out the photos and video.

Libraries make a difference every day. Here are some of our patrons telling us why:

When I think of places I like to go just for the pure pleasure of it . . . the Goshen County Library is way up high on my list. Thank you for making it the great place that it is! – Alice Williams, Goshen County Library

I love that it is so child friendly and filled with many wonderful books! — Glenrock Branch Library

The library is one of the few free places a community has. All ages can benefit from the library.” — La Barge Branch Library

I love the cozy atmosphere while I pick out my books. I love how many there are! — Chantel Ball, Lovell Branch Library

Because I can always feel safe here and it is always calm. — Lander Middle School Library

I recently moved from Texas and had it not been for CCPL, I would not have had access to the information and equipment I needed to land a wonderful job and begin the process of starting my own business. — Rene Rios, Campbell County Public Library

My source to reach out to the world. — Lyle Reizenstein, Converse County Library

We LOVE Laramie County Library! Virtual Tales Together have been a joy during COVID and the staff is always so upbeat and positive, with numerous creative activities and events. Thank you! We really appreciate all you do. — James Cassidy, Laramie County Library

I grew up using the library and I can’t imagine my life without it. It is an oasis in a volatile world and I hope everyone realizes what having a library in your community means to everyone. — Virginia Mees, Park County Library

Libraries are an important part of our communities, especially in rural areas. They supply needed books and information. Not everyone has access to computers or the internet and the library is where they can access these.  — Shirley Terry​, Star Valley Branch Library

The library provides community connections, amazing access to materials and provides the opportunity to expose my son to a wealth and diversity of books.  The materials and programs here rival those of communities two to three times our size. — Mary Greewood, Big Piney Branch Library

We are lucky to have such amazing staff at the Alpine Library — J. Hansen, Alpine Branch Library

The Thayne Library is amazing. The staff always goes above and beyond to help me find what I need. — Christina, Thayne Branch Library

Is this a trick question?!?! The Library – it’s the whole world! Places and times I will never see, people I will never meet – they’re all here. This is my favorite place. — Weston County Library

I love to read and read with friends and I use it to learn and have fun and can do anything in the libraries, and our librarian is so kind. — Crest Hill Elementary

Guernsey’s public library offers so much; something for everyone! Books of every reading genre, movies, children’s reading and craft time and even adult coloring. — Lori Morales, Guernsey Branch Library

This is just a sampling — read them all!

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