To Print or not to Print is no longer the question!

For some months now, we’ve been testing wireless printing here at the Laramie County Library, and we’re finally able to offer it for public use.

The name of our wireless print solution is SmartALEC and it has been successfully tested with several versions of Android, iPhones, iPads, Windows laptops and tablets and most recently, Mac books.Read More

Puppy Socialization: Don’t Miss the Critical Window

The holiday season is here, which means a lot of people are thinking about getting their family a new puppy for Christmas. What kid doesn’t want a slobbery, furry little companion with a bow around its neck on Christmas morning? While this is exciting and wonderful, raising a dog is a lot of work that requires commitment long after the novelty wears off. Read More

DNA Q and A Part II: Or finding my Swedish Ancestors via DNA

So you’ve had your DNA tested and you’re thinking “Now what do I do?” or you’re still wondering if it’s worth $80 to $125 to take a test?  Will it help with your traditional genealogy research? Will it help you find your birth family if you’re adopted? Will it tell you if your great-grandmother was Cherokee? The answer to all of those questions are “yes” under certain circumstances. If you have been doing traditional genealogy research, a DNA genealogy test will help you confirm the research you’ve already done, open new avenues for research and help you tear down those genealogy brick walls. I used AncestryDNA because I already had a family tree created with traditional genealogy on but other well-known genealogy companies such as 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA More

Assistive Technology at LCLS

Did you know that Laramie County Library has assistive technology for those who need help moving, reading, hearing, writing, or learning? For those with movement disorders we have several walkers, wheelchairs, and motorized wheelchairs that patrons can borrow while in the library. Additionally we have technology for the visually impaired including a Kurzweil machine, Jordy glasses, Desktop Zoom software on all public computers, and the Voyager TeleSensory lighted magnifier. I’ll tell you more about all these devices later in this post. First I’d like to highlight our new Assistive Technology Toolkit that can be checked out for use in the library.Read More

Rhythm of my heart

I was inspired today to write about my deep connection to music. This connection has existed since I was little, a common thread with my parents, with my friends, my husband, my kids. A common thread that has gotten me through the toughest of times. I am not alone in this connection. Most people I am close to have the same visceral response to music and the role it plays in their lives.Read More

LCLS to host “The Vietnam War” PBS Series for American Library Association award

The Laramie County Library was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) and WETA Washington, DC, to receive a programming kit for “The Vietnam War,” a 10-part documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that began airing on PBS stations on September 17.

As part of the award, the Library will host a roundtable discussion with veterans of the Vietnam War, moderated by Maj. Elizabeth Evans, on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room. Film viewing and discussion sessions will take place on October 18 and 25, and November 2. Complete details and schedule of events can be found on the Library’s online calendar or by picking up a Vietnam War event flyer at the Library.Read More

DNA Q & A Part 1

Have you had your DNA tested?  At one time that question would have made no sense. Until the early 1950’s nobody knew that DNA–deoxyribonucleic acid—even existed, let alone what it was and how essential it is to all of life. As the blueprint for every aspect of an organism, DNA makes us who we are. It determines whether we have brown eyes or blue, are tall or short, are prone to certain diseases, even whether we tend to be outgoing or shy. DNA also makes us unique, so unless you have an identical twin, your DNA is different than everyone else on the planet.Read More

Peace Corps Reflections

Architect Michael Dixon spent three years in Ukraine serving as a United States Peace Corps volunteer, then accepted a six month Peace Corps “Response” assignment in Armenia followed by another in Kosovo. Along the way he took numerous photos and collected artifacts from the countries he lived in and served.Read More

Choose Your Own Adventure With Smithsonian Collections Online

While working on the 3rd floor Reference Desk, I was recently asked to find an article from the Smithsonian magazine. The only information the patron provided was that the article was titled Flying on a Wing and a Prayer and dated Sept 1988. First I tried using the magazine database EBSCO and Google Scholar with no luck. Then I went back into the databases and looked under Science & Technology. Within that section lives the most wonderful database!! It is the Smithsonian Collections Online . It’s a database provided for us by the University of Wyoming.Read More