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

Still Thirsty: A Nonfiction Reading List for Adults

Last week we posted a fiction reading list (not exhaustive, but fairly long!) of books that used water as part of the storyline. We’re back with some nonfiction options that are still worthy reads—and ones that 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

Resolution: Learn a New Language

According to a very unscientific Google search, bilingual people are….”smart, creative, and better lovers”, “brain ‘bodybuilders,’” and simply “smarter” than their monolingual counterparts.


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More Fiction Gift Suggestions

If you’re still on the hunt for great reading suggestions, below are some additional titles that may please the folks left on your holiday list!

(If you haven’t read the first blog in this fiction gift suggestion series, click here to read it as well as additional purchase suggestions!)Read More