Library news for the week of July 8, 2020

Converse County Libraries are so thrilled to host a professional performer from the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, live on Zoom July 13 at 6 p.m.  (Photo courtesty Converse County Library Glenrock)

via Converse County Libraries

If you’re not yet signed up for Summer Reading as an adult, teen or child, you’re missing the boat! Or, given our theme this year on stories and imagination, you might just be missing the Pirate Ship!

It’s not too late to register for reading great books at your own speed, fun and educational programs and events, and opportunities to raid a treasure chest for glorious prizes!

Sign up to track your reading and activities at, or download the free Beanstack tracker app.

Our countywide goal is to read for one million minutes by July 31.



We’re holding a Fantastic Beasts Pet Portrait Art Contest at the library through July 13. There are three categories: children’s (ages 5-11), tweens and teens (12-17), and adults (18+).

Immortalize your pet through sculpture, carving (soap or wood), a photograph, with paint, pencils, finger paints, markers, any medium at all. Sign up with the library to participate, then turn in your artwork, along with an entry form (available online and at the library this week) to the library by Monday, July 13. We’ll display your masterpiece and folks may vote on their favorite. We’ll post pictures online as well, for “likes.” There are prizes for each category.

For inspiration, teens and adults might wish to take one of our CreativeBug classes, “Doodle and Paint an Animal Portrait” by Jennifer Mercede.

It is available, along with hundreds of craft classes, for free to our library card holders. Access the class on the website, click on “Research and Downloads,” and find CreativeBug at the bottom. Sign in with your card, then set up your account and you have access to a myriad of classes.


We installed hydroponic Farm Walls at each of our libraries and we’ve been doing some programming around them. A great one is coming up on Zoom from the Glenrock Library on July 15 from 10-11 a.m. presented by the Science Zone on Hydroponic Gardening. Contact us at 436-2573 to get your Zoom invitation.

Feel free to stop by and check on the progress of our Farm Wall! We hope to be able to provide some fresh vegetables and herbs to our local food pantries by the end of the summer.



So far this season via Zoom and Facebook, we’ve offered the community access to free children’s concerts and puppet shows, a new storytime on Facebook every Thursday at 10 a.m., plus children’s craft DIY sessions. Every Tuesday there is a new DIY project for kids. Miss Rita demonstrates the craft online, then you call and reserve a kit from her to pick up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 



CCL teens have been busy making their own horror film for the “Imagine Your Story” theme and they will be screening it for free, outdoors, popcorn included on July 9 at 6 p.m.

Other activities have included creating a hydroponic floating garden in our entryway, re-establishing their D&D meet-up, and journaling sessions.



The summer reading program theme is “Imagine Your Story.”

Since humankind’s earliest days we’ve communicated and recorded our history through storytelling and listening to stories. Stories are told orally (the oldest form), through the written word and now on stage, film, television, and social media.

Why are stories so important to our civilization to the point that historically, in societies where people were forbidden to write plays or books or make art on certain subjects, people have risked their lives to write, perform and hear stories? 

Converse County Libraries are so thrilled to host a professional performer from the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, live on Zoom July 13 at 6 p.m. to tell us some stories and answer some of those questions!

Please register early so you may receive your Zoom invitation for The Power of Storytelling. Contact the library at 436-2573 or email to register.



Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: The nationally touring and extremely talented singer/songwriting duo of Bettman and Halpin return to our library for a free socially distanced outdoor bluegrass/folk concert on July 17 at 7 p.m.

The duo will also play in the afternoon during the 100th Anniversary Celebration at Natural Bridge July 18.

Next up is brilliant storyteller and musician J-Bird Shogren, who returns to our library July 29, but this time he’s bringing his band, Shanghai’d.

We first found Jay on a music magazine’s blog, “Nine Wyoming Bands You Have to Hear.” The Lion’s Club will be on hand as well, serving up burgers and dogs.

Lastly, look for details on a photography contest to round out the summer for all ages, with prizes awarded. The theme is “Imagine Your Story.”


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Physical Address:506 W. Birch, Glenrock, WY 82637 Mailing Address: PO Box 109, Douglas, WY 82633 Phone: (307) 436-2211

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