An Evening with Mark Miller

On July 7, Laramie County Library had the pleasure of hosting an evening with Mark E. Miller, former Wyoming State Archeologist and author of the new book, Big Nose George: His Troublesome Trail. The book chronicles the events of the Elk Mountain Murders which took place in Carbon County in August of 1878.

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Laramie County Library System Now Offering Laptop and Hotspot Check Out

Laramie County Library System is now offering free check out of laptops and hotspots to help keep library users connected for homework, work, or fun! Use this service to work on projects, apply and interview for jobs, stream video, play video games, participate in online meetings, and so much more.

Laramie County Library has 7 laptops available for check out and 2 laptops available for in-library use in Cheyenne. The Pine Bluffs and Burns Branch Libraries each have 1 laptop available for check out. The library has 8 hotspots available for check out in Cheyenne and 1 each in Pine Bluffs and Burns.

Visit to learn more about this new service and discover how you can check out a laptop and hotspot today!

Habitat: Artists’ Books

Featured image: “Confluent Septa” by Marc Snyder and Harvey Hix

Introduction from the exhibit curator, Mark E. Ritchie:

Words and images are at the core of books. As the curator of the 2022 annual Laramie County Library book arts exhibition, I paired artists and writers based on the imagery, themes, and sensibilities I had experienced in their writing or artwork. They were asked to explore the theme of “Habitat” with simple single page broadsides or folded folios. Each pair defined their work parameters and relationship. Most described their interactions as “conversations.”

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Mary Gillgannon Retires from Laramie County Library System

Mary Gillgannon, Laramie County Library System’s Fiction Collection Development Coordinator, retired at the end of April after a 32-year career with the library. Mary began working at the Central Ave. library in the spring of 1990 as a Circulation Desk Assistant. After ten years, she moved into a new position assisting with the library’s Fiction Collection Development. She took on additional responsibilities when she began her role as a Senior Circulation Assistant and in 2006 Mary was promoted to the Fiction Collection Development Coordinator.
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Seed Library of Laramie County is Open for the 2022 Growing Season

The Seed Library of Laramie County is open and ready to grow! Check out up to 12 packets of seeds from the Seed Library, located at Laramie County Library, and take them home to begin planting your own garden. There are over 170 varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables, and every seed has been carefully chosen for its ability to thrive in Wyoming’s climate. The service and seeds are free to Laramie County residents and do not require a library card for use.
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Books Coming to the Screen in 2022

With all the streaming services and Hollywood looking for content, there are quite a number of books coming to the screen in 2022. Check out this helpful list to find your new favorite book-based movie or T.V. show.
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Hiring and Training New Employees at Laramie County Library System

Ever wonder what it takes to work at the oldest continuously operating county library system in the United States? Now is your chance to catch a peek!

Jeff Collins, Deputy Director of Public Service, wrote a feature article published in the most recent issue of Public Libraries magazine. The article, Constructing a New Employee Training Program, provides an overview of developing a universal training program for new library employees and is intended to provide information and best practices for libraries of all sizes. Readers can catch a glimpse of how Laramie County Library System hires and trains new employees to provide exceptional public service.

Public Libraries, published six times a year, is the official journal of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the only American Library Association (ALA) journal devoted exclusively to public libraries. Each issue includes important industry news, PLA and ALA updates, and columns and feature articles that offer strategies and ideas for the library profession.

Source: Collins, J. (2021). Constructing a new employee training program. Public Libraries, 60 (6), 20-25.

Laramie County Library System’s Rachael Svoboda Receives Wyoming Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian Award

Laramie County Library System’s Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda received the Wyoming Library Association’s 2021 Outstanding Librarian Award. Given to an individual who utilizes innovative thinking and planning to implement special projects and makes significant contributions to the library and wider community, the award acknowledges a Wyoming library employee who has gone above and beyond in providing services and resources to the community. Rachael’s work to secure funding for and implement the Wyoming Library to Business program was one of her many incredible contributions to the community this year, and her dedication to providing comprehensive business services to anyone who needs them made her an exceptional candidate for the prestigious award.

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Ring in 2022 with Virtual New Year’s at Noon

It’s time for our annual New Year’s at Noon! This year we will be counting down to noon at home with fun crafts and projects. You can pick up a New Year’s at Noon activity bag from the second floor anytime between December 27 and December 30 during library hours.

Be sure to join in the countdown from home with our virtual balloon drop and ring in the New Year (virtually) with Laramie County Library! 

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3D Printing, Video Production Studio, and Specialized Computers

Laramie County Library System has launched the beginning of its Makerspace with two 3D printers, a video production studio, and specialized computers in its Cheyenne facility. The new services provide the community with access to advanced technologies that can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from personal projects to marketing for small businesses.

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