Book Nook News

books-918521_960_720We know that sometimes you don’t want a library book. You want to take that paperback to the lake and drop it in the sand, read in the bathtub, or highlight to your heart’s desire. While we hope you use the library as often as you can, the LLFA Book Nooks provide used books for all those other times.

The Book Nooks are similar to used bookstores, but have several wonderful advantages: we don’t sell books and movies, but give them to you for a voluntary donation. These donations go right back into your library, helping to fund numerous library programs. We also give books to various community entities such as the Lander Hospital, Ft. Washakie Dialysis Center, DFS, and Lights On.

What will you find when visiting one of our Book Nook locations?

You’ll discover a huge collection of used books & videos in a wide range of subjects for all ages, including a special children’s corner.

Where are the Book Nooks located?

  • The basement (we promise it’s not creepy) of the Carnegie building connected to the main library building at 451 N Second St.
  • The upper level of the Bank of the West building at 303 Main St.
  • Both locations are easily accessible by elevator or stairs.

This awesome resource exists because of YOU. Your regular visits, donations, and volunteer efforts help with operation of the Book Nooks and keep this service available to the community.

Volunteer help would be greatly appreciated. For more information about volunteering, inquire at either of the two Book Nook locations, or e-mail us at

JoAnn Collins – In Profile

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Perhaps the most exciting library happening of 2015 was the arrival of new director JoAnn Collins.

Coming to us from sunny California, JoAnn says she’s ready for a Wyoming winter. She has enjoyed Wyoming in fair and foul weather and is ready to take us on. JoAnn is also ready to do some amazing things with the Fremont County Library System.

Perhaps you’d call JoAnn a late library bloomer. With many years of business experience under her belt, she earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University in 2008 and she says it was the best decision she ever made. JoAnn has always loved libraries and she couldn’t be more excited about coming to Fremont County and taking the reins.

JoAnn last served as Assistant Director for Library Services in Placer County, California where she was responsible for adult services. She calls herself something of a geek and implemented many interesting technology projects. Before assuming that position, she served as head of youth services in Rancho Mirage so she has a broad understanding of the needs of public library patrons. One of her goals in her new position is bringing young people back to the library. “Libraries do a very good job with younger children,” she says, “but it is critical that we make a difference in the lives of older children or “tweens.”  Technology is a wonderful way to attract this age group and support what they’re learning in school. She is enthusiastic about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative in libraries and would like it to become an important focus.

JoAnn says that becoming the director of a public library system has long been her ambition. In fact, she thinks this position is an absolutely perfect fit. Wyoming is special to her in other ways. For several years, she has been making frequent trips to Casper to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Now they won’t be exactly next door but the trek will be a lot shorter. Another reason Wyoming is special is that she has bought a home here in Lander where she has a magnificent view of the mountains. Never before could she relax, sip her coffee, and enjoy one of the most beautiful sights anywhere.

JoAnn’s enthusiasm is contagious. She thinks we have a great staff and some really outstanding libraries that make the perfect environment for creative ideas and projects. Early childhood literacy will be high on her list. When parents and caregivers read to very young children, their lives change. They grow to love books and become more successful students. JoAnn believes the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative is a great way to get the ball rolling.

Annual Board Retreat

Annual Board Retreat

This October, the LLFA Board, Boyd Broughton (former Lander Library Manager) and Andrea Orabona (acting as facilitator) met at Game and Fish for the annual Board Retreat.

Topics on the agenda included:

  • Progress against our 2015 Goals
  • Planning for the annual meeting
  • The Book Nooks
  • Membership
  • The Library’s “Wish List”

It was agreed that good progress was made on our 2015 Goals.  Significant progress was made in planning the annual meeting – scheduled for February 6, 2016.  Each Book Nook location was discussed, including the need for more volunteers and the pros and cons of operating two Book Nooks.

Boyd Broughton presented the Library’s wish list, and we agreed to pursue two grants for parts of the list (Children’s and Young Adult’s needs).  The LLFA will also provide $3,000 to be used for CD/DVD shelving or to cover the children and young adult programs should one or both grants not be approved.

With your help, SO much is possible

Lander C4C logoRight now a child is hard at work practicing a piano piece for their upcoming recital. The question is, where will they perform this piece? The Carnegie Room at the Library provides such a place, opening its doors for community events like recitals, youth theatre workshops, comedians, and viewings of National Theatre Live and Metropolitan Opera.

Through funds raised during the Challenge for Charities in previous years, the Carnegie Room received an audio-visual boost with a new high tech sound and projection system. In addition, a beautiful gazebo was constructed on the library lawn through donations and the Challenge matching funds.

CarnegieBetween viewings of Downton Abbey in the Carnegie, and the enjoyment of a comfortable reading spot under the shade of the gazebo, the library has gained more than just structural improvements. It has gained spaces for the community to come together and enrich their lives. Without you we could never have achieved so much.

This year, our goal is to raise over $10,000 through the Challenge for Charities to continue renovation of the Carnegie Room. A hardwood stage, a true working curtain, and stage lighting would take this historic room to the next level.

With your help, this is possible.

Last year the Lander Community Foundation matched a whopping 64 cents for ever dollar donated to the Lander Library Friends Association. You have the unique opportunity, right now, to get more bang for your buck than any other time of year while helping an institution central to our community. We ask you to please consider making a donation to the Lander Library Friends Assocation.

How can I donate?
You have two options:

  • Send your check made payable to the Lander Community Foundation, and the attached donor form with your designated non-profits, to PO Box 1131, Lander WY 82520.

Don’t forget, your donation must be received by July 10, 2015.

The Lander Library Friends Association thanks you for your support!

Tim McCoy and Wind River’s Contribution to the Movie Industry

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In February, the Lander Library Friends hosted a presentation by well-known Wyoming historian and anthropologist Todd Guenther, about the amazing history of film legend Tim McCoy and the Northern Arapaho’s movie debut.

McCoy was a major star of American Westerns who enjoyed a second career as a Wyoming rancher and Adjutant General of Wyoming, A friend of the Wind River Reservation, he was asked to provide Indian extras for the Western extravaganza, The Covered Wagon. He recruited a large group of Northern Arapaho. After shooting on the film ended in Utah, several of them accompanied him to Hollywood to film a special feature. Later they toured the U.S. and Europe as publicity for the film.

Todd Guenther teaches anthropology and history courses at Central Wyoming College and directs the Western American Studies program He is the former curator at South Pass City, and director of the Pioneer Museum in Lander. In addition, he is an award-winning author of articles about Wyoming and regional history and prehistory. In 2008 Guenther won the prestigious Nebraska State Historical Society’s annual James L. Sellers Memorial Award.