Keeping Busy, in the Best Way

by Mary O. Fumento
August 2009

“One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.” -  Washington Irving (inventor of the modern short story and best-known for his stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.)

As summertime winds down to schooltime, I recall the restlessness I used to feel as a child: it was time to return to structure.  My siblings and I would charge around like maniacs, tormenting our mother with our complaints of boredom.  We would lament, “There is nothing to do.” As if.

In fact, we had so much we could do, we could scarcely choose.  When my mother quickly remedied our thoughts of emptiness with lists of chores possible, our creativity increased dramatically.

In the library system’s goal to help you learn and grow, we have many ways to keep you engaged and doing more.

Program Schedules

Story hour in Ten Sleep will be starting on September 10th at 10 a.m. All preschoolers are invited to attend. We will have books, stories and crafts appropriate for their age group. We welcome back Paula Murphy as our awesome story hour reader. School begins in Ten Sleep on Monday, August 17th, and the library fall schedule will resume that day: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Preschool story hour in Worland will resume on Sept. 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Our after-school program will begin in October. We hope to have new programs as well by collaborating with Raising Readers in Wyoming. The Anime Club continues to meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

We invite you to use the library to host your meetings and programs, as well. Come share our space and invite speakers to spread their knowledge.

In the Library

We are looking for new ways to inform you of new literary information, and a new subscription to the book review newspaper, BookPage, is one of them.  Please take these complimentary copies home and enjoy.

We have enlarged our CD book collection and have many new titles for road trips you may be taking this fall.

Two paintings of Worland artist Dick Scott are available for viewing in the Worland library.  We invite other artists to display their work to the community inside our walls, whether it’s jewelry, painting, sculpture or other art.  At Ten Sleep, residents often just share their own personal collections of historical or cultural artifacts.

Did you know we have adult book club kits available?  The library system is a great place to bring or start your book club for discussions about your current reading.

State Resources

The state continues to flood us all with terrific resources and educational material, and here are just a few available via the library system web site.

With state unemployment increasing, now might be a good time to check out Coin Career Library.  This online tool provides library users the ability to:

  • Create a resume.
  • Take a skill assessment.
  • Search for colleges.
  • Find financial aid.
  • Research occupations.
  • Take a quiz.
  • Watch an occupation video.

Bookflix is a new literacy resource for grades PreK-3 that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related eBooks. Animation, audio and interactive games are designed to reinforce core reading skills.

MyLibraryDV features a dynamic lineup of Academy Award®-winning films, British TV series, cooking shows, travel series, how-to programs, thought-provoking presentations focused on health and literature, and more.  Download the programs to your own computer for viewing.

Through Netlibrary, more than four thousand downloadable audiobook titles are available to Wyoming patrons. If you have been using Pimsleur Language learning, as of August 31, we will no longer have access to the learning titles in Netlibrary. But titles downloaded prior to that date will still work for the time of the checkout so grab those titles now.

People Resources

Our knowledgeable staff is always here to help. You will see new faces and fewer faces at the two libraries this month.

We would like thank Machelle Fettig for her service to the Ten Sleep library as she moves on to other opportunities.

In Worland, we wish Lorraine Linneman and Noni Wang the very best as they leave for college.  Please welcome to Brenden Staab who joined us this month.

As your fall enfolds, please stop by and use and peruse our many resources.  Please let us know how we can be of assistance and service to you.

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