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‘I can read so many books’: Kids chime in on Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day

(Natrona County Library, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming State Library Division said on Monday that over 50 libraries in the state participated in “Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day,” collecting stories and photographs “that demonstrate the impact they have on their communities every single day.”

Thousands of photographs as well as comments submitted by library patrons can be found on this website dedicated to Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day. The event was held on October 26.

“Patron comments told stories of finding jobs or seeing their children enjoying books and library programs,” the State Library Division said. “Many talked of the helpful staff and how vital libraries are to rural communities. Others said they couldn’t otherwise afford the access to books and computers that they currently enjoy, thanks to their local libraries.”

In Casper, not only the Natrona County Library but also Crest Hill Elementary participated in the Wyoming Libraries Snapshot Day. At Crest Hill, students had the opportunity to take pictures during library visits and to respond to some writing prompts about why libraries are important to them.

Crest Hill students provided the following answers to the prompt “Libraries are important to me because…”:

I get to be myself.
Learning new things and reading.
Enhance children’s reading.
Being quiet and looking for books and checking out books.
You can learn and read and work together
Reading with friends
To get more people in. It is nice.
I love the books, working well with each other, and fun book games.
You can get smarter
I get to hang out with my friends and read some books.
It is good to read.
They help me through.
A lot of books, and it is quiet.
The books and kind people
It’s quiet and you can read in peace.
You can read.
It can be relaxing to other people.
I get peace and silence. Also, I get to read with my friends and I get to check out cool books
They make me smarter
So I can check out more and read more
I love to read and read with friends and I use it to learn and have fun and can do anything in the libraries, and our librarian is so kind.
You get free knowledge
They help me read.
I can pick good books and have fun in a calm way.
I can read so many books.
You can read anything you want.
Libraries are important to read and learn.
The books. The people.
Reading and silence.
Looking at pictures in the books.
I can learn about the books.
Books are cool.
Because you can read.
It teaches me how to read.
Books about video games.
I love the books.
So I can read my scary books.
I get to play with my friends.
Because I love books.
I get to read and I love reading.
They have any book you could imagine, even my most favorite books!
1-Reading; 2-Together; 3-Always going to remember library.
To learn more.
There is a lot of books and there is a lot of fun things to do.
It is special to me.
I get to choose a book I like.
They are important to me because we can read in peacefulness, to read by Fireball, and read interesting books in the library!
We have so many books, and some people don’t like to read at first, but libraries help that.
I get to check out stuff I love.
Because it’s quiet.
Read books at home
Power – (Knowledge is Power)
They are important to me because you can go to infinite places.
I love reading. / Being with friends. / My Dad.

Crest Hill student responses

The State Library Division said in Monday’s announcement that about 7,000 people visit a public library every day in Wyoming. About 1,200 use a library computer and about 700 children and teenagers attend a library program.

“Even those who don’t walk through the library doors are served,” the announcement adds. “[On] Snapshot Day, more than 2,200 e-books and e-audiobooks were checked out from the statewide Wyoming Virtual Library.”