For many of us, animals are an important part of our lives and their unique personalities enrich our existences. So, it seems only natural for them to play important roles in the books we enjoy. Our powerful connection with animals has been mirrored in children’s books for generations. Millions have enjoyed classics like Old Yeller, The Call of the Wild, Black Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. But the passion for pets isn’t limited to children’s books.
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, and even though our activity packs have all been claimed, you can still find your own materials and follow along with the games and activities highlighted in the tutorials below!
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!
We here at the library know a thing or two about books, and we often like to take them for a test drive before making recommendations to our patrons, friends, or family. We decided to compile a list of the best books we read throughout this unprecedented year. Some of us found solace in classic favorites that have withstood the test of time, while others dove into the latest and greatest new novels of 2020. We escaped into the following stories and hope that you, too, enjoy exploring the wonderful worlds of these fantastic reads.
Every book is available for check out at your Laramie County Library System so you can easily add these titles to your 2020 reading list or wait and turn new pages in the New Year.
Sue Hollingshead is retiring as Laramie County Library System’s Information Technology Division Manager after a 24 year long career with the library. Sue began working at the organization in 1996 as a Network Specialist, moving on to become a Network Administrator before being promoted as the library’s first IT Division Manager.
Update: This event has ended, but feel free to replicate any of the activities on your own! Keep an eye out for more fun projects from the library in the future. Winter Fest has come to town, so pick up your packet; come on down! There are lots of crafts for lots of fun, and every kid can each have one. When the second week of Winter Fest comes round, brand new crafts and activities are sure to be found. So head to the library for our Winter Fest fun; we know you’ll experience adventure and learning by the time we are done!
The holidays are going to be strange this year, with many of the familiar joys curtailed or canceled. But we can still celebrate with no worries through Christmas stories. Fiction set during the holidays has been popular since Dickens charmed his readers with A Christmas Carol, and this year is no exception.
Carey Hartmann, County Librarian and Executive Director of Laramie County Library System, recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with the library. In November of 1980, Carey began her career with the library’s Children’s Division. She moved on to work as an Audiovisual Specialist and Division Head in Distribution Services, as Manager of Circulation, and as Assistant County Librarian until being appointed County Librarian in August of 2015.
The Library Café will reopen on Monday, November 30 at 9am. The Library Café will return to its previous operating hours of Monday through Friday, 9am to 2pm. In an abundance of caution, Laramie County Library System temporarily closed The Library Café to ensure that all its employees were healthy before reopening.
Laramie County Library System recently welcomed Michael Pearlman to its Board of Directors. Michael’s first term on the Board will last from October, 2020 to June 30, 2023. Board members for Laramie County Library System are appointed by the County Commissioners who are required by Wyoming State statutes to provide library services to their constituents. Individuals who are interested in serving on the Laramie County Library Board must fill out an application and turn it into the Commissioner’s office at least two months in advance to an open position. Every time we welcome a new member to our Board of Directors, we like to offer the community an opportunity to get to know a little bit about them and their goals for Laramie County Library System. Michael shared some of his insights about the library and his goals for its future with us.
Laramie County Library System was honored with the Compassion-In-Action Award from Compassionate Cheyenne in a small ceremony at the library last week. The award, which seeks to recognize organizations or individuals who are helping foster compassion throughout the community, acknowledged the library’s efforts to welcome and support every single member of the Laramie County community. The award extends to all library facilities including the libraries in Cheyenne, Burns, Pine Bluffs, and the Bookmobile.