Honoring our Veterans


The Wyoming State Library will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Read about some of the partnerships libraries have had with the military in this Summer 2009 issue of the Wyoming Library Roundup.


Jamie Markus Named White House Champion of Change

Jamie-Markus--Wyoming-LibrariesWASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM, the White House will honor “Champions of Change” who are leading local efforts to advance the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. These Champions have distinguished themselves by raising awareness about ACA and helping countless Americans sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance.

Jamie Markus, the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library, is being honored as a Champion of Change for his success in facilitating opportunities and creating partnerships within Wyoming libraries to have healthcare outreach and enrollment events statewide.

In July of 2013, national library organizations launched an e-health initiative and asked all types of libraries to support education and outreach efforts surrounding the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Markus took the lead on coordinating with potential statewide library partners in Wyoming.

As the project progressed, it became evident that libraries would become key partners in the outreach effort due to their status as a trusted source for non-biased information and their provision of public meeting spaces and public access computers.  Markus adds, “I met and talked with as many organizations as I could find to discuss how Wyoming’s libraries could help to support the efforts of Healthcare Navigators and those working to inform residents about the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace and the healthcare.gov website.”

The Wyoming State Library also designed and supplied 15,000 Health Insurance Marketplace handouts to Wyoming libraries. More than 90 library outlets, in nearly every community in the state, had the opportunity to provide these to library patrons.

The Champions of Change program will feature remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other Administration officials. The event will be live-streamed on the White House website atwww.whitehouse.gov/live. You can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag#WHChamps. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Jamie Markus, Cheyenne, WY

Jamie Markus is the Library Development Manager at the Wyoming State Library. He believes that libraries are dynamic institutions that provide equitable access to a vast array of information resources, promote lifelong learning, and act as cultural incubators through their programming and outreach efforts. The Wyoming State Library supports the Wyoming Library Community by providing continuing education opportunities and consultation services to library staff members seeking to enhance and grow library services within their communities.  Jamie is a Past President of the Wyoming Library Association, the 2011 Wyoming Library Association Librarian of the Year and was named a 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Wyoming Library Community Cookbook is here!

2014-03-15 22.04.08We all know that Wyoming librarians are great cooks, and now you can find all of those great recipes in one cookbook! The Wyoming Library Leadership Institute graduates have compiled a great new cookbook as a fundraiser for WLLI. It is a great deal at only $15, and you can get one during the WLA Annual Conference in Casper. Contact Chris Van Burgh at chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov for more information.


2014-03-15 22.06.17Chris Van Burgh making the first cookbook sale to Jamie Markus at the State Library.


Carbon County Library video features Mr. Fuzzles

Marilyn Pederson, the Carbon County Library Director, says this is one of many videos they are doing now, since they purchased a video camera and a green screen. They hope to make commercials of their upcoming events and play the videos at the front desk for patrons to view while checking out their materials. The Rawlins Daily Times has also agreed to post these videos on their web page.

Wyoming is proud of you, Maggie Farrell!

If you hadn’t heard, our own Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming, was running for ALA President. Unfortunately, Maggie was not elected to be the new president, but all of us here in Wyoming are so proud of the amazing and dedicated work Maggie has done for libraries everywhere, but especially here in Wyoming. Maggie ALA

UW Toppan Rare Books Library, Muslim Student Association Announce Events in Conjunction with “Muslim Journeys”

Muslim Journeys AHCAn exhibit of rare and beautiful books about the Islamic world is on display at the American Heritage Center in Laramie as part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” program presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council.

Anne Marie Lane, curator of the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, created the display. The books are mostly English-language and from the 19th through 21st centuries. The selection includes an edition of the “Arabian Nights” from around 1880, and a translation of “Rubaiyat” by Omar Khayyam from 1920.

The Toppan Library also has a small number of Qur’ans in Arabic and other Islamic books that can be viewed by appointment.

Anne Marie Lane will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Library on February 24 at 6:30 pm, and in Laramie at the Albany County Public Library on April 23 at 7 pm.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Muslim Student Association, American Heritage Center, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.

A full schedule of events appears below.


Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.

February 20, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”

February 24, 6:30 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”

March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “Dreams of Trespass”



Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438

March 6, 7 pm: book discussion, “In the Country of Men”

March 27, 7 pm: book discussion, “House of Stone”

April 17, 7 pm: book discussion, “Broken Verses”

April 23, 7 pm: Anne Marie Lane, AHC Toppan Rare Books Library, “Islamic Influences on European Bookmaking”

May 8, 7 pm: “Dreams of Trespass”