CASPER, Wyo. — The Bob Goff Memorial Library in Mills will hold a grand opening on Saturday, June 27 according to librarian and author Donna Kennedy.
“I have a personal connection to every book because I have processed every book in this library,” Kennedy said on Wednesday. She explained that the Natrona County Library previously operated the Mills Library, but moved out in 2019.
“The county had it here and then they pulled out,” she said. And they took everything. So we’ve been scrounging for everything we could and the response from the people has just been phenomenal.”
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All the books at the Bob Goff Memorial Library, which is named in honor of former Mills Mayor Bob Goff, were donated.
We got a major donation from the Kaycee Branch Library,” Kennedy explains.” We got another major donation from a woman, Lynn Cameron. She was going into assisted living and she just donated her whole house of books. We had to make four trips to her house to get them, it was that many books. And then just the public dropping off donations.”
Kennedy has arranged the library to showcase the selection of books available. In the center of the room sits a nonfiction section featuring books about the history of Mills and Wyoming.
There’s also plenty of fiction, including five of Kennedy’s own books.
“I have a big selection of C.J. Box and Craig Johnson and a few other local authors,” she explained. “I’m one of them.”
Two of the books she authored are in the children’s section, which Kennedy has arranged for different ages. The chilren’s books she penned are titled “Three Little Bats” and “Purples Aren’t Purple.”
While the library also has a number of movie selections, Kennedy said her grandchilren are hoping to see more.
“I said, ‘Guys, we’re working on donations. We need to take what we get,” Kennedy added.
Saturday’s grand opening will go from 10 am to 7 pm. A food truck and an ice cream truck will serve food in the parking lot, which Kennedy says used to be the location of tennis courts in Mills.
The first 200 people who register for a library card and fill out their United States Census will get a voucher for a free meal and ice cream from the food trucks.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held and Kennedy says that a raffle drawing will take place at around 4 pm. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece or six tickets for $20.
While the grand opening is Saturday, the library is open to the public. Kennedy says the library will eventually be open seven days a week. For now, hours are as follows:
- Tuesday-Friday: 10-7 pm (closed from 2-3 pm for Kennedy’s lunch hour)
- Saturday: 8am to 4 pm (closed from 2-3 pm for Kennedy’s lunch hour)
Kennedy said that the library plans to eventually resume “Story Time” events. They need volunteers to help with such events so that someone is able to occupy the front desk.