Thomas Ivie and Brian Greene, of the WSL Library Development Office, recently had the opportunity to visit the Wyoming Girls’ School in Sheridan. They met with Chauntel Ring who runs the school library and Principal Dixie Cooper. They gave Thomas and Brian a tour of the library and classrooms as well as discussed some of their educational programs and library needs.
According to the Wyoming Department of Family Services, the Wyoming Girls’ School is a therapeutic and educational facility for the treatment of court-ordered delinquent girls ages 12-21 years. Staff members provide gender-specific support services focusing on mental health and substance abuse treatment, educational and life skills development. The program teaches youth to take personal accountability for their actions and develop socially responsible values in preparation for a successful transition back to their family and community.
“It is nice to be able to see what their library space and collection look like and to put faces to the names,” said Thomas. The Wyoming Girls’ School is one of thirteen state institutions that the WSL consults with and provides funds for library materials through an annual stipend from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding.