Natrona County meets Library Endowment Challenge goal

Another Wyoming public library has hit its fundraising goal for the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge! Natrona County Public Library is officially at 100% of its $697,826 endowment fundraising goal, receiving its final payout of $25,772 on January 12, 2015. Natrona is the fourth library to receive the full funding available; Albany, Niobrara and Sheridan counties are the other three to hit that mark.

Current endowment fundraising status may be found at

Proposed legislation in the 2015 session could mean changes to the Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge. HB76, introduced by Rep. Tim Stubson of Casper, would allow libraries that have met their goals to access more endowment funds by partnering with libraries not yet at goal. The bill would also extend the deadline for the Challenge.

To follow the status of HB76, visit the 2015 bill information section of the Wyoming State Legislature’s website at

Library meets endowment goal

SHERIDAN — Cameron Duff, director of the Sheridan County Public Library System told legislators in a forum last week that Sheridan County libraries had reached the goal of their endowment challenge and are willing to help other library leadership reach theirs.

The Wyoming Library Endowment Challenge was created by the Wyoming Legislature in 2007 and a tier system was created for the state treasurer to match either three times the amount of the endowment, two times the amount of the endowment or the same amount as the endowment based on the county in which the library is located. Sheridan County is a second-tier county with the treasurer matching twice the amount the library raises for the endowment.

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Mystery Solved with the help of Wyoming Newspapers

Mystery Solved!

A recent article in the Laramie Boomerang (Nov. 8) tells of a long time mystery solved by Kate Browning using Wyoming Newspapers. The Greenhill cemetery has had a grave marker from May 10, 1894 with the inscription “Bob, Charlie left you here.” No one knew who Bob or Charlie were, so Kate Browning (a volunteer at the cemetery) went to the Wyoming Newspapers database of historic newspapers in search of answers. What mystery can you solve using Wyoming Newspapers? You can read more about the circumstances leading up to the death of Robert Edmund Johnson (Bob) in Wyoming Newspapers

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.