Counting the Days and the Many Ways to Engage

by Mary O. Fumento
March 2010

“Here is where people,
 One frequently finds, 
 Lower their voices 
 And raise their minds.”
 -- Richard Armour

One of the most amazing things about Washakie County is just how many interesting things there are to do here, and many of them are happening right at your local library.

This Saturday, please join us at the Ten Sleep library for Wyoming author Craig Johnson at 2 p.m. The Ten Sleep Friends of the Library are hosting him for a book discussion and signing.

In honor of National Library Week, The Ten Sleep Friends of the Library will have their Annual Book Sale from April 10-16.  The Worland Friends of the Library are hosting an Open House on April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Worland library.  Please attend, enjoy some food, and peek in the book sale room which is staffed by volunteers every Saturday from 9-11 a.m.

On April 20, Clifford the Big Red Dog Reading Tour will be at the Ten Sleep library at 10 a.m. and at the Worland library at 3:45 p.m., followed by Raising Readers event at 4:30 p.m. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will be recruiting at the Worland library that day, so please do come and learn how you can be more active in our community.

On April 30, artist Bill Rossiter will bring to his show “Tall Tales & Tall Songs” to Ten Sleep and Worland.  Bill was a professor of literature and folklore for 25 years and now travels the Northwest U.S. singing about cowboys, ranch life, the Great Depression and other eras of American history. Although his program is geared towards children, we encourage all members of the community to attend. The events will be free, and times will be announced next week.

May 8 is the Library Foundation’s endowment fundraiser, a Cinco de Mayo +3 dinner event.  Held at Wally and Rebecca Trembath’s Ten Sleep hacienda from 4- 8 p.m., this extravaganza will also include a silent auction.  Tickets are on sale for $25 at either library or from foundation members. All proceeds benefit the library endowment challenge where the state matches every dollar donated with three to fund the public library.  Your donation is tax deductible.  Appetizers and dinner will be Mexican Pizza, Gazpacho, Yucatan Chicken Strips, Grilled Pork, Enchilada Soup, Tamales, Fry Bread Tacos, Lime and Black Bean Rice; Refried Beans, Succotash, and Mixed Greens Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette.

The library system’s summer reading program will be held during the month of June.  We are seeking donations as incentives for students to keep reading over the summer.  If you can assist, please contact any library staff member.  Our theme this year is “Make a Splash @ Your Library!”

April is Cancer Control Month, and we have a special display of cancer related books at the Worland library.  You may wish to check out some of the free medical databases as well at  The library staff is always happy to help you learn more about the variety of information we have for you.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Well, it doesn’t have to be blue, but I would like to borrow a wet suit for a day if anyone has one.  I promise not to get it wet!  If any divers would share with me, I would be appreciative and can be reached at 347-2353.

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