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Megan Bratton and Sarah Neubauer using making socks in today's class at the Natrona County Library (Tayler Stephenson, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Library is full of events, books, programs, and other opportunities to learn.

According to Megan Bratton, the marketing director at the Natrona County Library, one of the main objectives is to promote literacy in the community. However, that does not just mean literacy in reading. She says that it also includes literacy in “technology, creations, programs, textiles, creativity, and more.”

In order to help cultivate this literacy, the library has set up programs that help get the community involved. Bratton says, “Sometimes it’s just about getting people in the door” so that they can learn about all the other things that they offer.

All of the events and programs that they offer are free to the public, being paid for by other associations like the county, library foundations, and Friends of the Library.

Socks Created in today’s class

They offer programs for kids, many of them including fun crafts, reading fun books, or other ways to get kids involved. To name just a few, TinyTots Storytime, Take & Make for Kids & Tweens: Pokémon Eggs, and Saturday StoryTime & craft are offered.

There are events for teens that get these young adults involved in the community, learning, and making friends. One of these fun events that is happening this week is Never Too Old Book Club: “Gone to the Woods” by Gary Paulsen which is a book club that meets at Metro Coffee. Every participant also receives a free drink! An upcoming craft event is January Teen Take and Make: Snowflake Suncatcher.

Megan Bratton and Sarah Neubauer using making socks in today’s class at the Natrona County Library (Tayler Stephenson, Oil City)

For adults, there are also a myriad of free events that help give people the tools to do things and helps them know what the library is able to offer them. There are crafts like the Glowforge Project: Quotable Coasters, which are fun ways to get involved in the community. But there are also more in-depth classes like Prusa 3D Printers Intro & Demo, that can teach you how to use 3D printers. There are even events that teach you how to sew, such as Sewing Project: Cork Tea Bag Holder.

Sewing machine in the Creation Station

Many of these programs use the Creation Station, which is used to foster creation and allow individuals to use their creativity to gain or practice their hobbies. According to Bratton, it was created in 2017 with a grant from the University of Wyoming. It was the first of its kind in Natrona County as well as the state. To this day it remains the most used.

The Creation Station

Anyone over the age of twelve can come in and use the sewing machine, cricket, or 3D printers. If you do not know how to use them, a member of the staff is happy to help you. You can also come to the classes or create a one-on-one appointment.

Jesse Jayne, the technology support specialist is one of the people that is happy to help teach you any skill.

All of the programs in the Creation Station are STEM related and aim to help facilitate that kind of learning. Sarah Neubauer, the Adult Service Specialist, estimates that there are at least 15 programs a week being offered at or through the Natrona County Library.

Perhaps the most exciting part of this is that all of these programs are offered are completely free.

If you are looking for a full list of ways to get involved, you can visit their website here.