Molly’s 540 Words on the Sport of Fly Fishing

The sport of fly fishing has become more mainstream (and, dare I say, hipster-y) in recent years. More and more men and women are gearing up with rods, reels, and waders to try their luck at angling. But it isn’t a new trend. “Modern” fly fishing took shape in England throughout the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, with books such as The Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle (1496) by Dame Juliana Berners; The Secrets of Angling (1613) by John Dennys; or The Compleat Angler (1653) by Izaak Walton being published and widely distributed. However, there are references to catching fish with a fly dating as far back as ancient Roman and Japanese times. Fly fishing started to become popular in America in the 1950s.Read More

How Harry Potter Cast a Spell Over Laramie County Library

Several months ago, our Adult Programming Coordinator, Robin, heard mention of another library that did a Harry Potter escape room. Knowing the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter was happening this year, we wanted to do it, too! Our original plans came from Sarah Colombo from Livingston Parish Library .Having never participated in an escape room herself, Robin asked me for my opinion (I have done a few escape rooms). I read through the plans Livingston Parish Library sent our way; we were going to have to adapt them to accommodate our library. We created our own “puzzles,” and planned out step-by-step how our participants would escape from “Professor Vector’s” office! We spent months working out all the details and collecting items from our staff and various departments. All of these items lived in our office for the weeks leading up to the big day.Read More

*Most* of What You Need To Know for the August 21 Wyoming Eclipse in Laramie County

The Great American Eclipse on August 21st, 2017 is over. The Eclipse Block Party on August 21 was a big hit! Around 1,700 people attended, hung out at the library, ate lunch and ice cream, and enjoyed being part of a community gazing at the 98% partial solar eclipse.

Thanks to the sales of 3,000 pairs of eclipse glasses, we’re able to purchase a telescope to complement our upcoming interactive exhibit Discover Space (December 20, 2017 – March 30, 2018) and for use in library programs well into the future.

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Budget Textbooks

I hate paying for textbooks. During my first semester of university I, stupidly, purchased all of my books from the school bookstore for over $500. By my last year in Graduate School, my bill was down to roughly $10 a semester. The major you choose does impact your textbook bill (Sorry Engineering Majors. It’ll pay off in the long run!). However, the following tips should, at the very least, help shave a few dollars off your textbook bill.Read More

Books to Celebrate the Great American Eclipse!

The Great American Eclipse is almost here, which makes now the perfect time to pick up a book about a popular and fascinating topic: space.

When I was younger, one of my favorite books was Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. It tells the story of three young teens who visit the Moon Shadow Campground to view a rare solar eclipse in totality. The way the author described the beauty of an eclipse and the science behind it made me very interested in learning more about them. I looked up future eclipse dates to find out if I would ever get the chance to see one myself. I was so excited when I saw that, in 2017, an eclipse’s path of totality would pass directly through Wyoming—but at the time it seemed so far away!Read More

Traveling Alone, But Not Lonely

Hi, I’m Elaine Hayes and I’ve been happily traveling by myself internationally for a couple of years.  In 2015, I did a solo Mediterranean cruise, and, in 2016, I visited London and Paris on my own. In September of this year, I’m heading off to Washington D.C., and in June 2018, I’m on a solo Northern European (Baltic) cruise.Read More

Celebrating 150 Years of Cheyenne, Wyoming

150 years ago on July 4, 1867, tents were pitched and the area was named Cheyenne!

Here’s a list of my top 10 historical resources located in the Laramie County Library.

1. The LeClerq Jones Collection features pictures and historical articles ranging from 1979 – 2007.  There are articles and clippings which tell the history and show the changes of the downtown buildings.
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Hey, Who You Callin’ an Old Book?!

Hello. My name is History of Rochester.  I happen to be the oldest book in the Laramie County Library. Yes sir, I was printed in 1838.  That means your grand pappy’s grand pappy was a young man.

I’m writing for one reason. I have a bone to pick with the library world…Read More