Laramie County Library System Joins in Campaign Against E-book Embargo

On July 25, Macmillan Publishers announced that it would limit e-book lending for U.S. libraries. Its new licensing model, scheduled to take effect on November 1, 2019, would only allow a library to purchase one copy of a newly released title in e-book format before implementing an eight-week embargo on the sale of any additional copies to that library.

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R.I.P Apostrophe

Don’t talk about religion or politics at Thanksgiving dinner. This advice is frequently shared in order to preserve family harmony. For some families, grammar and punctuation should be added to the verboten list.

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Winners of the One World Prairie Guitar Contest

Thanks so much to all our judges, the guitar society and everyone who came out and competed in the One World Prairie Guitar Contest. Thank you, too, to those of you who came and supported these great musicians. A special thank you to Steve Gilmore who brought in all his own sound equipment and ran sound from 10am to 9pm. Everyone involved made the day a great success. We will be holding the third annual contest next year, so watch for information starting around June!

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C.J. Box: A Wyoming Original

For each of his book signings, C.J. Box quietly parks outside a main entrance and walks in with an unassuming manner. He strolls down the hallway, clad in a suit jacket, a long-sleeved shirt, jeans, and a cowboy hat, jovially greeting the last minute stragglers who are still trying to find a seat in the jam-packed room. He doesn’t bring a publicist, or an assistant; he brings family members and friends instead. He always waits patiently by the entrance to the Cottonwood Room, smiling at people who walk by and waving to those he knows in the crowd.Read More

Libraries and the Changing Times

This past weekend I was visiting with an old friend I hadn’t seen in years. The usual topics of conversation came up and I was asked a question I so often get when I tell people I work at the library; Are libraries dying?Read More

August 2019 Foundation Report

This is just a quick update on some of the great things happening at our Library thanks to your generous support.

We are already in full planning mode for the October 18, 2019, Booklovers Bash. Our featured speaker is New York Times best-selling author and award-winning sportswriter Joe Posnanski. Joe Posnanski is the author of five books including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Paterno. In a 30-year career as a sportswriter for Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Star and other publications, he was named National Sportswriter of the Year by five different organizations and won two Emmy Awards. We are thrilled he has chosen Cheyenne to feature his newest book, The Life and Afterlife of Houdini, which will be released just three days after our Bash.

Click on Joe’s caricature to the left to go to his podcast, aptly named, “The Poscast.” Read More

Elimination of Fines on Children and Teen Materials

In continual pursuit of our mission to “serve the people of Laramie County by encouraging and supporting lifelong learning and adventure,” we here at Laramie County Library System are eliminating fines on children and teen materials beginning July 1, 2019. The new policy will be applicable to all materials on the second floor, excepting Blu-rays, DVDs, videogames, and adult nonfiction such as the parenting, homeschool, and childcare books. We are committed to creating, maintaining, and growing a library that is equitable and accessible, and eliminating these fines will move us forward in ensuring that the library is truly a place for all.

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The Joy of Sharing Books

What’s more enjoyable than reading a good book? For many people, the pleasure of reading is heightened when they have a chance to discuss the book with other people. That’s the whole idea of a book club—readers getting together to talk about books.Read More

Tourists Welcome!

You might think that the library is only for residents of Laramie County, however, our 100,000 square foot, air conditioned, three story building is brimming with services and activities for anyone visiting or passing through Cheyenne.Read More

Robin’s Reading Recommendations

Summer is finally here, even though it got off to a cold and rainy start! With summer comes summer reading at the library! The theme this year is A Universe of Stories. Sign up online or in any branch of the library, including the bookmobile. You can pick up prizes until August 18. Summer reading is not just for the kids, adults can set goals, read, and get prizes too! Perhaps though, you’re in a book rut. Maybe you finished the best book two months ago and just can’t find anything as good? I’ve been there, it’s a hard place in life. So, to help you get started on your summer reading goals, here are some books I’ve enjoyed.

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