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Volume 39, Number 4
April/May 2006

Wyoming State Library moves to new location

During June and July the Wyoming State Library is moving from the Supreme Court/State Library Building at 2301 Capitol Ave. in Cheyenne (just south of the State Capitol) to a temporary location at 516 S. Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne WY 82002. Staff email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.

Due to the move, some library services will be temporarily on hold:

Shelving will be installed in the new location beginning June 5, and staff furniture will be moved in early to mid-July.

The State Library will reopen on August 1, and will begin filling ILL requests no later than that date.

While the State Library will be moving soon, the State Law Library and the rest of the Supreme Court are not scheduled to move until much later this summer and probably closer to sometime this fall. They will be open and in the Supreme Court building (2301 Capitol Ave.) all summer. Updates will be posted on their website (http://courts.state.wy.us/LawLibrary//) and blog (http://wyolawlibrary.blogspot.com/).

Duct tape fixes everything

Sturdy and fashionable, this duct tape tiara was one of many creations during a "Got Duct Tape?" event for teens at Natrona County Library on May 9.

Wyoming Library Leadership Institute accepting applications

The 2006 Wyoming Library Leadership Institute will be held July 17-19 in Lander. It will convene on the evening of the 17th and wrap up around 4:30 on the 19th. Meals and lodging will be provided. All attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Lander.

Individuals associated with all types of Wyoming libraries (academic, public, school and special) are invited to apply. Trustees, support staff, paraprofessionals, library media specialists and librarians are eligible (trustees must have at least one year remaining in the term of his or her appointment at the time the institute is held).

The application is available at http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlliform.html. This is a competitive process, and applicants should be very complete in their responses. Participants will be selected strictly by what is in their application, and not by any personal knowledge the selection committee may have.

For more information, visit http://will.state.wy.us/training/wlli.htm for background on the Library Leadership Institute, pictures, and lists of past attendees. Contact Chris Van Burgh, WSL Outreach Librarian at cvanbu@state.wy.us or 307/777-3642 with questions about the institute or assistance with the application process.

MPLA Leadership Institute starts Oct. 29

The Mountains Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute for 2006 will be held Oct. 29 - Nov. 3. Application and information are available at http://www.mpla.us/leadership/, Deadline to apply: May 26. This year's criteria: 1) MLS or equivalent degree, 2) Two to 12 years post-MLS professional library experience, 3) Work in a library in the MPLA 12-state region, 4) Belong to your state library association (do not have to be an MPLA member), and 5) Demonstrate leadership potential. Direct questions to Mary Bushing, marying@msn.com or Richard Landreth, rlandreth@ccsd.k12.wy.us.

Lincoln County student is national Letters About Literature winner

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress has named Britney Titensor, a sixth grade student at Metcalf Elementary in Lincoln County, as one of six national winners in the Letters About Literature writing contest, sponsored in partnership with Target and the Wyoming Center for the Book. Britney's letter to Deborah Ellis, author of The Breadwinner, was the state winner in Wyoming in the Level I competition for children in grades 4 through 6. Target awards each national winner a $500 Target GiftCard and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Book Festival on September 30, 2006. The national winners will read their letters to their favorite authors during the award ceremony at the festival.

For more details and Letters About Literature resources, visit the Wyoming Center for the Book web site at http://will.state.wy.us/wcb/.

Summer reading kicks off with a flurry and a fuzzy and a slither

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has summer reading newspaper ads online built around the theme "Paws, Claws, Scales & Tales" These ads may be used free of charge in newsletters and fliers and released to local newspapers. To see all six designs and find links to summer reading broadcast PSAs, visit http://www.cslpreads.org/nie.htm.

"Wyoming Reads" celebrates with more than 6,000 young readers

On or around May 16, more than 6,000 first-graders celebrated "Wyoming Reads" this summer - about 97% of all first grade students in the state.

The students listened to storytellers and shared a picnic lunch. Many received their first library card in their bag of goodies. The best part is each took home a hardback book of their choice with their own name inside it as a gift from the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation. Students picked their own book from six titles: Knuffle Bunny, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Diary of a Spider, Tough Boris, Waiting for Wings and Where the Wild Things Are.

"Wyoming Reads" is an expansion of the successful "Casper Cares, Casper Reads" event that has been held for several years. This is the first year for the statewide celebration, and each community is putting its own stamp on the event.

The Foundation was established by the Jorgensen family to honor the memory of Sue Jorgensen, a Wyoming educator and a champion of children's reading who died in an automobile accident in 1996. For more information on Wyoming Reads, visit http://www.natronacountylibrary.org/wyreads.html .

Two county libraries celebrate centennials

The Uinta County Library marked its 100th birthday May 13. Among those who joined the celebration were Evanston Mayor Mark Harris and State Librarian Lesley Boughton. The program concluded with an unveiling of a portrait of former Uinta County Library Director Frank Swan, dedicated by his widow, Nancy Swan. Frank Swan was director from 1982 to 1999. During his time in Uinta County, the library moved from the original Carnegie building to the current location. Swan retired to Medford, Ore. in 1999 and died July 26, 2004.

Also celebrating its centennial this year is the Park County Library. Congratulations to both library systems for 100 years of service to their communities.

New director named at WWCC

Carol Brown has been named director of the Western Wyoming Community College Hay Library, effective May 1. Brown has served as interim director since Bob Kalabus's retirement at the end of 2005.

Brown has worked at the Hay Library since 1972, beginning as a library technician and working several positions in all areas of the library in the ensuing years. She earned her Master of Library Science and Information Management from Emporia State University. She has been an active member of the Wyoming Library Association and has worked on the WYLD Online Quality and Database Selection committees.

Sweetwater County Library Director resigns.

Paul Holland, director of the Sweetwater County Library System has resigned, effective June 30. Holland is leaving to work full time as Pastor of the Green River United Methodist Church.

"Obviously it will be a labor of love," he wrote of his new job in The Link, the library's internal newsletter, "The library has been a labor of love for me also and I wish only the best for it. After all, it will still be my library. I look forward to being able to give my undivided attention to one job. I only hope that neither has suffered too much as I have tried to serve two masters over this last year or so. I have talked of doing this from the day I left the full time ministry. It is scary to be making this step 26 years later. All prayers are welcome to support me in this new endeavor and I will keep the library and each of you in my prayers."

Two new College of DuPage teleconferences

The College of DuPage has scheduled two additional teleconferences to be broadcast in June, which BCR, our state libraries and CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) will sponsor. Both of the teleconferences are free and will be available via downlinking of satellite coordinates and streaming video webcast. The teleconferences are:

Wyoming Council for the Humanities hosts online book discussion

The Wyoming Council for the Humanities announces an online book discussion this July, featuring Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower. Butler, who died in February, was an African American woman who dominated in the white male genre of science fiction, and the only science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Deb Koelling of Northwest College and Chris Propst of Western Wyoming College will facilitate the program, which will take place both as threaded discussions and live chat sessions. Participants will need Web access. A limited number of books will be available for loan in some locations. For more information and promotional materials, contact Jenny Ingram at jingram@uwyo.edu.

Humanities Council, libraries partner for "Faces of Family"

"Faces of Family" is a film discussion series presented by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities (WCH) in partnership with the Department of Family Services that has run from late March through May at public libraries around the state. Our Families Our Future cosponsored the program, which received major funding from the "We the People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At each event, audience members will enjoy a free meal before the film screening. When the lights come back on, viewers are invited to stay and talk about how the movies reflect issues challenging real-life Wyoming families today. Each film puts a "face" on families overcoming challenges such as low wage jobs, single parenting and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Participating libraries are: White Mountain Library, Albany County Public Library, Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library, Teton County Library, Laramie County Public Library and Natrona County Public Library. In the fall, it will be offered in Lusk as a joint program of the Niobrara County Public Library and the Wyoming Women's Center. For more information, visit http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/HUMANITIES/ .

Go Local for health information

Wyoming residents can now access a wide range of health-related topics and find local health care providers through a project recently completed by UW's Center for Rural Health Research and Education (CRHRE) in conjunction with the Wyoming Network for Telehealth (WyNETTE). The project, Go Local Wyoming, is a partnership between CRHRE and the National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus website. Residents can browse the NLM by health care topic, and then click on Go Local to find information about providers. The Wyoming provider information can be sorted for either statewide, county or ZIP code distribution. To log on to Go Local, directly, go to http://www.medlineplus.gov/golocalwyoming.

One Book projects in Wyoming

Residents of Natrona County found themselves on the same page this April during Natrona County Public Library's One Book, Community reading event. Featuring Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, One Book, One Community kicked off on Saturday, April 1 with free books and live music. Over 150 people dropped by the library to receive a "pass-it-on" copy of the novel and learn more about upcoming One Book events. Some of these events included book discussions, a performance and discussion of the music from the film score led by conductor Steven Trinkle and Casper College's TKAM Festival Orchestra, a chance to see the Academy Award-winning film at the Rialto Movie Theatre and a lecture by "To Kill a Mockingbird" scholar Claudia Durst Johnson. This has been NCPL's second One Book, One Community event aimed at improving literacy awareness in Natrona County and bringing the community together to discuss issues including racism, gender and censorship. The program was sponsored by Natrona County Public Library Foundation, Casper College and the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.

Park County served up The Cold Dish in a One Community/One Book program in early May. Author Craig Johnson of Ucross made appearances at all three Park County Libraries.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Cheyenne is promoting a "One Book/One City" program. Through May 31, Cheyennites will be reading Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose. Book discussions are being held in May. For more information, call Jason at B&N at 307-632-3000.

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New Library Science books at WSL

Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library web page, http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html, to view an annotated list of new items added to the State Library's Professional Collection. (Click on the title of each item to put it on hold or to order it through Interlibrary Loan).

This month's additions include:

For a full list of new items, visit http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/newpubs.html. A subject-organized PDF of recent New Publications is available at http://will.state.wy.us/ldo/NewPublications.pdf.

Send questions or suggestions to Jamie Markus, WSL Continuing Education Coordinator, jmarku@state.wy.us, 307-777-5914


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