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Volume 39, Number 3
March 2006

Legislature approves $10 million for library collections

In its recent budget session, the Wyoming State Legislature approved a budget amendment appropriating $10 million for the state's 23 county library systems, community college libraries and University of Wyoming Libraries. This one-time appropriation will boost collections beyond what library budgets ordinarily provide.

In introducing the amendment, Senator Mike Massie (D-Laramie) said, "This is by far the most underfunded area of the state where we get the most bang for the buck. Everybody knows the importance of libraries in their communities."

Governor Dave Freudenthal commended the appropriation. "A state investment in our public libraries is an investment in the building blocks of Wyoming communities. Libraries have become both a means to further our children's education and to bring people together, and I am delighted the state can aid in those efforts."


Get your library logo gear

Get the new "bucking book" Wyoming Libraries logo on t-shirts, mugs, notebooks and more. Find Wyoming Libraries logo gear at http://www.cafepress.com/wyominglibrary A portion of each sale goes to help support library marketing and promotion efforts statewide. See http://www.wyominglibraries.org for all the details on the statewide marketing efforts.

Winners chosen in Letters About Literature contest

Top honors have gone to three Wyoming students in the 2006 Letters About Literature Contest. The Wyoming Center for the Book awarded Worland student Greg Luegering first place in Level III (grades 9-12) for his letter to author David Baldacci about the book, The Simple Truth. Kristi Mingus from Powell placed first in Level II (grades 7-8) with her letter to Mary Hahn about her book, Daphne's Book. Britney Titensor from Thayne placed first in Level I (grades 4-6) with her letter to Deborah Ellis about The Breadwinner. All three advanced to national competition.

More than 700 Wyoming students and 47,000 students nationally participated in Letters About Literature. Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored in partnership with Target Stores. Target, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

For more information about Letters About Literature or other Wyoming Center for the Book activities, contact Susan Vittitow, Coordinator, at 307-777-5915, svitti@state.wy.us, or visit http://will.state.wy.us/wcb/

National Library Week April 2-8, 2006

Once again, libraries across Wyoming and the country will celebrate National Library Week April 2-8, 2006. This year's theme is "Change your world @ your library®." First sponsored in 1958, NLW is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Among the NLW 2006 happenings:

Learn more about National Library Week at http://www.ala.org/ala/events/librarypromotion/librarypromotions.htm

LAMA seeks "Best of Show" PR entries

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Public Relations and Marketing Section's Swap and Shop "Best of Show" awards competition seeks outstanding library public relations materials. Winning entries will be on display during the Swap and Shop program scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. All libraries are invited to submit promotional materials produced between January and December of 2005. Entries must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2006. For competition information, instructions and entry form click on www.ala.org/ala/lama/lamaawards/lamaawards.htm or contact Troy Rumpf TRumpf@lclsonline.org. Mail entries to: LAMA PRMS Swap and Shop Best of Show, Laramie County Library System, 2800 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001.

MPLA Leadership Institute accepting applications

The 2006 Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute will be held Oct. 29 - Nov. 3 at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Applications are due by May 14, 2006. Applicants must have two to 12 years of library experience post-MLS and be current members of their state library association. Full details and the application form are located on the MPLA website at http://www.mpla.us. Contact Richard Landreth, Wyoming MPLA Representative, with any questions at rlandreth@ccsd.k12.wy.us.

Poetry Month happenings

April is National Poetry Month, celebrating poetry and its part in American culture. Many local libraries, writing groups and other organizations have special events planned during April. Here are a few:

UW libraries foundation to host Wyoming author C.J. Box

University of Wyoming Libraries Development Board invites the public to their first annual 2006 Author Luncheon featuring award winning Wyoming author C.J. Box. The event will be held April 19 at noon at William Robertson Coe Library. R.S.V.P. must be received by April 12. Tickets are $50. Call 1.888.831.7795 to reserve your tickets today. C.J. Box is the talented author behind the mystery adventure series of books set in Wyoming and featuring game warden Joe Pickett. The series includes Out of Range, Trophy Hunt, Winterkill, Savage Run, Open Season and the soon-to-be released In Plain Sight.

Katrina project update

Carla Howard reports that it's not too late to contribute books and financial donations for Wyoming's "Katrina Project" to benefit schools in Plaquemines Parish. Resources will be forwarded until the end of the year. She is also looking to arrange pen pals between students in Wyoming and in Louisiana. Send donations to Carla Howard, Library Services Department, Natrona County School District, 539 Payne Avenue, Casper, WY 82609. Please make checks out to "Katrina Library Project." For more information on the Hurricane Katrina project, contact Carla at 307-261-6866, carla_howard@ncsd.k12.wy.us.

Howard has been working with librarian Hannah Trufant at the Phoenix School (K-12), which will reopen in June. Trufant writes to those of us in Wyoming: "I am looking forward to next school year, and I know our students will be excited about getting pen pals. I am so grateful and pleased that you all chose to adopt our school. The community is small, and the majority of the people are living at or below poverty; but many of them are working hard to educate their children. And, I know that I speak for all of them, we truly thank you all from the bottom of our hearts."

groundbreaking ceremony

LCLS breaks ground, gets large donation

Big things are happening at Laramie County Library System. On March 15, LCLS broke ground for their new main library building, expected to open in about a year and a half. Earlier this year, Foundation Director Mary Meyer announced a major gift of $350,000 from Carol McMurry and Pat Spieles. Their donation will fund the new library's planned RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) book security system. The Foundation is actively campaigning to raise money for enhancements to the building. For more information, visit the Foundation Office in the main library in Cheyenne, contact Meyer at 635-1032, ext. 127 or visit the library's web site at www.LCLSonline.org for the latest building and fund raising updates.

Western Writers of America honor Wyoming authors

Two Wyoming authors recently won Spur Awards from Western Writers of America (WWA), and two were finalists:

For a full list of Spur Award winners and finalists, visit http://www.westernwriters.org/news.htm#2006




New Library Science Books at WSL

Visit the New Library Science Publications at the Wyoming State Library webpage (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. Contact Jamie Markus, WSL Continuing Education Coordinator at 307/777-5914 or jmarku@state.wy.us with any questions.





Publications and Marketing Intern, Wyoming State Library, Cheyenne

The Wyoming State Library is seeking a student intern for its Publications and Marketing office to work on special projects concerning Wyoming books, authors and literature during the summer of 2006. For full details, visit the State of Wyoming's job announcement at http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=9750

Director –Sweetwater County Library System

Director for Sweetwater County Library System in Wyoming. The system consists of three equal libraries and 6 rural branches serving a population of about 40,000 in a boom time with a budget of $3,458,290 for next fiscal year. To learn more about the library go to the website www.sweetwaterlibraries.com. Apply with letter of application and résumé to Director's Search, Business Office, 300 North 1st East, Green River, Wyoming 82935 by May 15 or emailed to delliott@will.state.wy.us. The starting salary will around $69,000 depending on experience. A MLS is required plus five years professional library experience with progressive administrative responsibilities.

Find the latest job board news at http://will.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html