Looking for a quiet, peaceful, warm place to relax or to enjoy a spectacular view of our Capitol building? How about a room with no talking or cell phone use or no loud tapping on computers; just folks enjoying the books or newspapers, the sculptures, the fireplace and the view? You’ll find these and much more in the northeast corner of the 3rd floor of the Laramie County Library, the Capital Room. This area was funded by Eric J. Wedell, M.D. and Maïda Wedell.
There are overstuffed wingback chairs and a fireplace that offers a cozy atmosphere all winter. You’ll find displays of books on all subjects from African ceremonies to newspaper comics to Wyoming history. These are changed on a regular basis. Local newspapers including the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Casper Star Tribune and The Denver Post are available for you to browse. There is a copy of the Wall Street Journal and wi-fi is available.
We are proud to have two western sculptures on display. The first is “Turnin’ the Herd” by Dan Garrett. A Wyoming resident, his work appears in private collections in Japan, North and South America, and Europe. See more of Mr. Garrett’s work at: http://bggearco.com/dangarrett.html This was donated by John & Trudy Howatson.
The second sculpture is a beautiful rendition of a Big Horn Sheep entitled Pride of the Rockies created by Chris Navarro, another Wyoming resident. This was donated by John and Delores Goodier. Many of you are familiar with Chris’ work as he is the sculptor for the commemorative artwork Lane Frost Champion located outside the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. See more of Mr. Navarro’s work here: http://www.chrisnavarro.com/
Finally, there is the amazing view through which our floor-to-ceiling windows provide of the Capitol Building and downtown Cheyenne! You’ll be able to watch the Capitol remodeling take place. In fact, we have already seen workers on the roof.
Stop by for a quiet moment.
~Sharon Mikesell, Reference Librarian