Check Out the Migratory Birds Coming Through Cheyenne

I am so excited! In the next few weeks, there will be a huge influx of migrating birds flying through our area. Some will stay here for the summer and some will travel on to areas farther north. No longer will we see ONLY sparrows and starlings. (Both by the way are introduced species. I’m biased toward native species.) The skies will be full of brighter colors and different shapes and marvelous songs.Read More

Thinking Money Exhibit for Teens, Tweens and Their Families

What’s green and doesn’t grow on trees? Money!

Join Ella, Shoo, Curie, Petro, Boo and Alize on a financial expedition through our new exhibit Thinking Money at the Laramie County Library on the 2nd floor. The characters face danger, acquire important skills and navigate the ever-changing world of personal finance in this engaging exhibit.Read More

Thank You for Your Faith in Us

The PEW Research Center has reported regularly over the last 5 years that libraries are considered the most trusted institution in the United States.  We rank ahead of the military, small businesses, the police and religious institutions.  91% of Americans say that libraries are important to their community.  That is quite humbling.  Read More

Frightening Visions of the Future

If a utopia is an ideal world, then a dystopian one is where civilization has gone awry, either because of an environmental crisis, political and social circumstances or both. The result is a world where many people are unhappy and afraid, and often unfairly treated. The term came into being to describe classic literary novels like 1984 by George Orwell (once again on the bestseller list more than 65 years after publication) and A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Those books inspired others that present a hellish future for mankind including Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (a society where books are forbidden), The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (a future world where women are kept as birthing slaves) and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (a frightening fable about good, evil and free will).Read More

Equal Justice Wyoming

On the Reference Desk, we get many questions about legal issues.  For example:

Do you have the Wyoming State Statutes?  Yes, we do.
Can you explain what this paragraph means?  No, we cannot.
Do you have rental and lease forms? Yes, we have NOLO books that have forms, but they are general forms and not Wyoming specific.
I am changing my name, starting divorce proceedings, or filing a restraining order. These are all questions we are not qualified to answer.Read More

Whimsical Creations from Cheyenne’s 6th Graders

Every February, art teachers from the elementary schools in Laramie County School District #1 deliver hundreds of pieces of art to the library—each created by a 6th grade student. Along with each piece of art, the students write short artist’s statements about their creations. These statements contribute to successful fulfillment of the required educational standards of creating, connecting, responding and presenting, and also to the broader goal of increasing literacy among school-aged children.Read More

Mindfulness

Today the trees were not gloriously dressed in brittle white.  Now, just grey and stark.  If that is all I saw today I would feel gloomy, but then I looked beyond and saw the sky.  Not just any sky, our Wyoming sky.  How many ways can nature paint on that canvas with the clouds?  Then, when that is not beautiful enough, a flock of birds soars, giving motion and lift and passage.Read More

It’s A Tear-Jerker: Movies That Explore Water

Because we already listed good reads that are water related (nonfiction and fiction for adults and kids), we had to share with you some of the films we have on hand that explore the concept of water—and complement our newest exhibition, Water/Ways. Thanks in large part to Wyoming Humanities and The Smithsonian Institute, this exhibit features all things WATER (as if you couldn’t get that from the title. I know.).Read More