Augmented Reality Prezi from WLA Youth Services Meeting

Among the presentations at the recent Wyoming Library Association Youth Services Interest Group in April was this engaging Prezi on augmented reality. Great information for those interested in this topic.

Interested in learning more about the Youth Services group? Visit the WLA website at www.wyla.org/youth-services-interest-group to learn more. You may also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/WYYALIBRARIANS/

New Books Added to the WSL Collection in April

We’ve added these new library science titles to our collection, available to you at WSL or via interlibrary loan. Questions? Comments? Suggestions for purchase? Contact Paige Bredenkamp, WSL school library consultant, at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or307-777-6331.

See more new titles on our Pinterest board.

National Teacher Appreciation Week Starts Today: Thank a School Librarian!

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! To mark this May 2-6 celebration, we are giving a shout-out to all library media specialists who do the job of teacher as well as school librarian. Trained and certified, library media specialists teach vital information skills, bridging the gap between school libraries and classroom learning, collaborating with classroom teachers, and enhancing learning in every subject.

Over on Twitter, use the #ThankATeacher hashtag to take part in the conversation.

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Preservation Week April 24-30

_pw16_logoToday kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items.

Two free webinars are planned on April 26 and 28, both beginning at noon MDT. Although these webinars are free of charge, you must register in advance:

Learn more at www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek. You may also follow Preservation Week on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and information.

Established in 2010, Preservation Week is supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

Teens Succeed with Libraries Video Contest

YALSA is looking for creative video entries of up to 60 seconds in length that compellingly demonstrate to the general public how teens make use of 21st century libraries, programs and staff in order to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life.

Deadline is May 1, and winners will be announced no later than June 1, 2016. The top three entries will receive a box of books, audiobooks and graphic novels worth a minimum of $200.

Examples of content may include, but are not limited to showing how teens use libraries to do things like get good grades, explore careers, pursue hobbies, plan for college, build digital skills, create stuff, connect with others, serve the community, become engaged citizens, etc.  This is a great opportunity for teens to show off their film making skills!  Get the details via this online entry form.  This contest is being administered by YALSA’s Advocacy Resources Taskforce.

Plan for Virtual Library Legislative Day May 2-3

nlld-banner_1Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day, held each spring in Washington, D.C. This year, National Library Legislative Day will be May 2-3 in Washington, D.C., but you can participate virtually even if you can’t make the trip to Capitol Hill.

Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of May 2-3, 2016, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who cannot make it to Washington for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on May 3, or any time the week of May 2-6. Visit this web page in late April for talking points to include when writing or calling your legislators.

United for Libraries, the ALA Washington Office, ALA’s Chapter Relations Office, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy lead Virtual Library Legislative Day.

Laramie County Library System Selected to Host Thinking Money Traveling Exhibition

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Laramie County Library System is one of 50 sites selected to host Thinking Money, a new traveling exhibition designed to teach young people and their families about money — including topics like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Moneyexplores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, and imagining your future self. The exhibition is for tweens and teens, and the adults in their lives.

Laramie County Library System will host the 1,000-square-foot exhibition for a six-week period between March – May 2017, which will coincide with the Library’s participation in Money Smart Week® — a national public awareness campaign created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. The Library will also receive a $1,000 programming allowance to hold public events related to financial topics, as well as training and support materials.

Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. More than 130 public libraries from across the country applied for the opportunity to host the exhibition, according to the ALA Public Programs Office. The full list of sites that will participate in Thinking Money can be found here.