Library News for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2022

Tamara Lehner, Converse County Libraries

Many of us gathered last week with friends and family to enjoy a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal and that holiday has always been a time to remember and reflect.

During November, we think of our blessings and give thanks for all that we have. We try to reach out and help others who are less fortunate. We renew our pledges to bring more gratitude into our lives, knowing, with all the recent research on the subject, that we can achieve more peace and happiness by being thankful.

It is in this vein as November wanes that your Converse County Libraries wish to say that we are tremendously grateful for our communities, our patrons, donors, and friends. We are so thankful for the generosity and support we receive from our dedicated Library and Foundation Boards, our County Commissioners, and our local city officials.

We appreciate the people who patronize our libraries, and we hope always to be here to provide entertainment through books, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, and computer access. We are proud to be a trusted source for those who need assistance with computers, devices, copying needs, faxing, navigating our databases on legal matters, genealogy, learning and education sites, crafting, test preparation, and more. 

We love the fact that more and more people are discovering the many events we offer, from crafting, to mixology, to book clubs, cookbook clubs, concerts and beyond. We love our jobs, and are proud of our mission statement to provide “a wealth of resources to make a positive difference in the lives of our patrons.” We strive to do that every day!

Looking forward, we have lots of fun in store at the library for the Christmas season!

We are holding a Christmas Tree Festival this year, which will be on display from Dec. 3-30. The public may vote on their favorite tree through Dec. 15, which will be the date of our exciting annual Polar Express Christmas City Lights Bus Tour! Local businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to decorate a tree for the festival.

This year they will be on display only, there is no accompanying auction, and folks will get their tree and decorations back at the end of the display period.

We will also be running our annual December Book Sale Dec. 3-10. Stop in and shop for those coveted printed holiday gifts! Think about having your own Jolabokaflod, an Icelandic tradition wherein everyone in the family receives a book for Christmas, and the household retires early on Christmas night to read in bed!

For those who enjoy reading in bed, our CCL Glenrock Adult Book & Brew Club will meet on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Higgins Hotel to discuss two books, Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand, and The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of King Tut’s Tomb). 

Other upcoming events for families and adults in December will include a craft night to make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, the “Great Non-British Faux Gingerbread No-Bake Off” for adults on Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m., our Polar Express City Lights Bus Tour Dec. 15 , and a “Solstice Spirits” Mixology Class (21 and over only) Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Contact the library to sign up for any and all of these events at 436-2573, or

Watch out for a new art exhibit coming to your CCL Glenrock, “Altars of Reconciliation,” a Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) display, which will run Dec. 14-January 2023.

As we look forward to December, we close with a quote from Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas: “May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December: evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon.”


Glenrock Independent

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

The Glenrock Independent is located in the Bronco Building

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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