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Updating the Collection: Say Hello to the 21st Century!

September 3, 2009

Between May and August of this year, thanks to funds from A Gathering of Grizzlies, the Wyoming State Legislature, and Park County Library Foundation we added 594 new books for children and teens to the Meeteetse Branch Library. If you browse through the stacks, you may see that some of the older books you remember are gone, but you should find many shiny, new, up-to-date books in their place.

For instance, we no longer have a book about the presidents published in 1957, but we do have Ann Bausum’s Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama, a wonderful book about the history of the White House and its inhabitants, with an introduction by historian David McCullough, called Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, and a new set of biographies of many of our notable presidents (I am sorry, but Millard Fillmore did not make the cut).

We no longer have books that tell you that you can contract HIV from a toilet seat, or that obsessive compulsive disorder is the result of poor toilet training, but we do have two new great health-related series, Rookie Read About Health for kindegarteners through 2nd graders, and the Life Balance series for 5th through 8th graders. Both are correlated to Wyoming standards.

We have new biographies of everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to John Lennon; books on sports records, books about cars and trucks and things that go; books about the battle of the Alamo and the cultural upheavals of the 1960s; books about . . . well, I could go on and on, but I hope you will stop by and see for yourself. Updating the library is an ongoing process, and we certainly have more work to do, but we’re really pleased with the progress we’ve made so far.

If you have suggestions, ideas, or requests for library materials, please don’t hesitate to tell us!

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