Thursday, December 6, 2007

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - St. Augustine

For the adventurers, hunters, travelers and anyone in between, the library has a variety of maps dating from the 1950s to now. We have National Geographic Maps; topographical maps of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana; National Forest Service maps of almost all fifty states; state park maps; geological maps of Wyoming; world maps; national park maps; and Idaho and New Mexico logging maps. All of these maps may be checked out for your navigational needs or for your perusal.

Finals week in the library

With free wireless internet, comfy chairs and plenty of distraction-free nooks and crannies in which to study, the library is the place to be this time of year.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Humanities Council awards grant to CWC Library

We recently received notice that the Wyoming Humanities Council approved our grant application to fund Teresa Jordan's visit in April.

Jordan is the author of the Western classic, Riding the White Horse Home about her experience growing up on a ranch near Iron Mountain and the later sale of the ranch. She has written about a wide variety of Western issues, in particular the role of women in the settlement of the region.

Four communities are participating in the grant project. Jordan will speak at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs on April 9 as part of their Speakers of the West series, here at CWC on April 10 and in Cody and Powell on April 11.

For more information about Jordan, visit her webpage at:

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What we're reading: Judy Nethercott

CWC Financial Aid Technician Judy Nethercott recently finished reading Cokie Roberts' Founding mothers: The women who raised our nation and highly recommends it.

"Very interesting and enlightening," says Judy.

Find this book in the CWC Library: E 176 .R63 2004

Monday, November 5, 2007

Cowboy up!

Award-winning cowboy poet Dr. Kent Stockton performed to a sell-out crowd Thursday, Nov. 1, during the CWC Library's Dutch oven dinner fundraiser. He was joined by Oklahoma singer/songwriter Paul Harris. The meal (Baron of beef, maple green beans, potatoes and sourdough chocolate cake) was prepared by Jack Schmidt and Colleen Sloan, with tremendous assistance from the CWC Food Court.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

New Book: Maori Tattooing

Maori Tattooing
By: Horatio Gordon Robley
GN 667 .N9 R7 2003

This classic of ethnography describes Maori tattooing (moko), which communicates the bearer's genealogy, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. This definitive study relates how moko first became known to Europeans and discusses the distinctions between men and women's moko, patterns and designs, and moko in legend and song. Features 180 black-and-white illustrations.

Published 2003
240 pages
ISBN 0486430928

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fall Author's Tea: Kari Grady Grossman

Formerly of Lander but now of Fort Collins, Colo., Kari graciously agreed to honor her commitment to come back to Wyoming and visit with us about her book, Bones that Float, and her ongoing work in Cambodia.

For more information about the Grady Grossman School, please visit their website.

Kari's video and discussion was well-attended and the group appreciated her Cambodian treats and purchased several of the items she sells to raise money for the Grady Grossman school.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Authors! Here! From all over Wyoming!

CWC Library is excited to announce the first Wyoming Author Showcase, to be held here on Sept. 7. Writers from all over Wyoming will be here to discuss their work with you. They will also have copies of their books to autograph and sell. Every purchase is a contribution to the library - 10% will go to our new endowment.

Best-selling authors Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, former Wyoming Poet Laureate Robert Roripaugh, mystery writer Craig Allen Johnson and children’s book author Eugene Gagliano are among seasoned and new Wyoming authors who converge at Central Wyoming College in Riverton Friday, Sept. 7 for the first Wyoming Author Showcase.

CWC Library has invited writers from around the state who have published book-length works in a wide assortment of genres, including photography, cowboy poetry, fiction, wilderness medicine, romance, memoirs, nature, history and many more.

During the 5-7 p.m. event at the CWC Library, the authors will share their work and talk about their creative processes, said Assistant Librarian Coralina Daly.

The Gears are known for their novels on North American prehistory, which includes a series that melds the latest archaeological findings with dramatic narratives and strong Native American tradition. The couple has combined to write 33 novels with historical and anthropological themes. In addition to writing, the Gears raise bison on a ranch that borders the Wind River Indian Reservation and are principal investigators for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Among the participants are Tom Bowen of Lander, author of Backcountry Pilot: Flying Adventures with Ike Russell; Carolyn Lampman Brubaker of Riverton, author of many historical romances and Beating the LD (Learning Disability) Monster; Barbara Foote Colvert of Cody, author of Resolutions: A story of transformation through the process of loss; William Day of Riverton, author of The Running Wounded: A personal memory of the Korean War; Eugene Gagliano of Buffalo, author of several children’s books including C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet; Cathleen Galitz of Riverton, author of many Wyoming-themed romance novels; Rebecca Hein of Casper, author of A Case of Brilliance about her children; Ron Howard, Jody Rae Boyd and Micki Hanser of Riverton, authors of the Prairie Fairy series of children’s books; Butch Hudson of Lander, author of Sunrise Over the Rim, a historical novel about central Wyoming’s version of Johnny Appleseed; Joe Hutto of Lander, author of Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey; photographer Jack Jeffers of Riverton, author of Appalachian Byways; Craig Allen Johnson of Ucross, author of the popular Walt Longmire mystery series; Theodore Judson of Riverton, author of Fitzpatrick’s War and Tom Wedderburn’s Life; Jeffe Kennedy of Laramie, author of the collection of personal essays Wyoming Trucks, True Love and the Weather Channel; Elaine King of Casper, author of a book chronicling her Alaskan hunting adventure honeymoon; cowboy poet Echo Roy Klaproth of Shoshoni; photographer Mike McClure of Lander, author of Artifact; Betty Schmidt of Douglas, author of an award-winning collection of Meeteetse pioneer stories; Wyoming Arts Council Arts Specialist Mike Shay of Cheyenne, author of fiction and essays, Holly Skinner of Lander, author of Eye of the Blackbird: A story of gold in the American West and Only the River Runs Easy: A historical portrait of the upper Green River Valley; Bill Sniffin of Lander, author of two books of stories about Wyoming; Jack and Diantha States of Lander, author of Wildflowers of Wyoming; Dr. Kent Stockton of Riverton, author of The Campfire Ain’t Quite Out; Abby Taylor of Sheridan, author of romance novel We Shall Overcome; Buck Tilton of Lander, co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute and author of over 25 books about life and safety in the great outdoors; Cat Urbikigt of Pinedale, author of several children’s books about agriculture, including Brave Dog, Gentle Dog; Garry Wallace of Powell, author of Biography of a Bird Dog; John Washakie of Fort Washakie, author of Yuse: The bully & the bear, a story; University of Wyoming professor of history Cheryl Wells, whose book Civil War Time showed how America’s sense of time changed during the 1860s; Jeannette Woodward of Lander, author of several business and trade books; and Karol Griffin Young of Riverton, adjunct English instructor at CWC and author of the highly-acclaimed memoir Skin Deep: Tattoos, the Disappearing West, Very Bad Men and My Deep Love for them All.

The event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Daly at 307-855-2141 or at 800-735-8418, ext. 2141.

Friday, July 27, 2007

New book: Artifact

Artifact: A Cultural Geography of Wyoming
By: Michael McClure
Wyoming F 762 .M166 2007

Lander photographer Mike McClure's 2003 exhibit, "Artifact: A Cultural Geography," which captured many of the disintegrating relics across the state in graceful black and white photographs, is now available in book form.

With a foreward by University of Wyoming history professor Phil Roberts and passages from other authors, McClure's photographs document the "history of man's imprint on the landscape of the American West."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The CWC Library received fantastic news today: an anonymous donor gave our newly-established endowment fund a tremendous kick-start with the $5,000 we needed to make sure the funds would be matched by the state. We are tremendously grateful and look forward to putting the money to good use!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Book: The Places in Between

The Places in Between
By: Rory Stewart
DS 352.S74 2006

You've heard about the man who walked across Afghanistan relying on the kindness of strangers. Now read his story.

Stewart began his journeyin in January 2002. Along the way he met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers.

Through these encounters Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.

Monday, July 16, 2007

What we're reading: Sue Thompson

Academic Services Administrative Assistant Sue Thompson is reading Alma Mater, by P.F. Kluge, a member of the faculty of Kenyon College in Ohio.

Sue is reading Alma Mater in preparation for CWC August staff book discussion, which will be led by CWC Vice President J.D. Rottweiler and Chief Information Officer John Wood.

In case you missed it, January's staff book discussion was a great hit. The book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, is still available (PZ 7 .H1165 CU 2003) and we're keeping our eyes peeled for word of a movie version.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Come discuss Here, Bullet on July 12

How can anyone wrap their mind around what is happening to U.S. soldiers in Iraq? Three-minute news clips hardly do justice to such an enormous situation. In "Here, Bullet," Brian Turner gives us a chance.

Turner, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Oregon, wrote most of the poems while serving as an infantry team leader in Iraq. He joined the Army in 1998 and served in Bosnia-Herzegovinia before being deployed to Mosul, Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in 2003.

Here, Bullet,” which contains 47 poems, was published by Alice James Books in 2005 and has since earned several prestigious awards and attracted the attention of national media.

During one interview, Turner explained his title poem, “Here, Bullet,” was a “taunt toward death” as much of a tangible expression of fear.

“That poem came out in an outburst,” Turner told The News Hour’s Jim Lehrer. “What I did was I wrote it and I don't know what this means, but I folded it up and I put it in a Ziploc bag and I put it in my left breast pocket, and I kept it with me for the remainder of my time there in my uniform.”

Here, Bullet

If a body is what you want,
then here is bone and gristle and flesh.
Here is the clavicle-snapped wish,
the aorta's opened valves, the leap
thought makes at the synaptic gap.
Here is the adrenaline rush you crave,
that inexorable flight, that insane puncture
into heat and blood. And I dare you to finish
what you've started. Because here, Bullet,
here is where I complete the word you bring
hissing through the air, here is where I moan
the barrel's cold esophagus, triggering
my tongue's explosives for the rifling I have
inside of me, each twist of the round
spun deeper, because here, Bullet,
here is where the world ends, every time.

The book discussion about “Here, Bullet” will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the CWC Library’s upstairs conference room on Thursday, July 12. For more information, call 855-2141.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Read all about it!

The CWC Library regularly receives 19 newspapers. The current issues are available next to the new book shelf and back issues are across from the college catalogs.

The local Riverton Ranger, Lander Journal and Wind River News are there, along with the Casper Star-Tribune and Jackson Hole News and Guide. We also have Indian Country Today, Indian Life and Sho-Ban News.

Going to Denver? Billings? We get the Sunday issues of the Denver Post and Billings Gazette. Drop by and see what is happening before your visit.

Other titles you can find at the CWC Library: UW Alumnews; Christian Science Monitor; Community College Times; Community College Week; Eagle (Chadron); High Country News; Ute Bulletin; WEA News; and Wyoming Business Report.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Babs' favorites:

I read King of the Wind in the fourth grade, along with Louise Rankin’s Daughter of the Mountains, and still remember them as two of the best books I’ve ever read. I was inclined towards stories of courage, loyalty, and other countries/cultures, and these two had all three: King of the Wind takes place in Morocco and England, Daughter of the Mountains in Tibet and India. I vaguely remember liking Kurt Wiese’s illustrations for the latter, and nobody could ever forget Wesley Dennis’s full-color horse paintings!

As a longtime K-12 remedial/enrichment reading teacher, I grew increasingly attached to some of the Caldecott Award winners and honor books: I loved the art work, the underlying values, the wonderful use of language, the sense of wonder, and, in many cases, the implied or outright humor. Make Way for Ducklings, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, is a case in point. I also like books about nature, so Byrd Baylor’s The Desert Is Theirs, a Caldecott Honor book illustrated with elegant simplicity by Peter Parnall, is another favorite (the yellow book on my lap).

When I began writing book reviews for the Wyoming Senior Citizens newsletter several years ago, I decided that many seniors were probably grandparents and/or caretakers of young children, so that convoluted thinking gave me an excuse to add reviews of one or two children’s books each month! I continued to scour libraries I visited to find new favorites, and that’s how I found Fox’s Dream, written and illustrated by Tejima. I also found a book stunningly illustrated by Jamichael Henterly, so I looked for some others of his, and found a Christmas carol he’d illustrated about Good King Wenceslas, a (real) king of Bohemia --- a new favorite! Officer Buckle and Gloria is a recent accidental discovery, both heartwarming and funny.
~ Babs Kruse, CWC Library Assistant

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Carol's favorite: Fahrenheit 451

CWC Library Director Carol Deering's favorite book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Fahrenheit 451: PS 3503 R167 F3 1967

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

About: NoveList

If you are among those who know what you like but have exhausted all of your favorite authors, fret no more - CWC Library has the perfect solution!

NoveList is much like Netflix for books. You tell it what you like and it provides customized suggestions for recommended reading.

For example:

To find NoveList, go to our homepage and choose WYLDCat (under important links).

Once WYLDCat opens, choose more under Additional Databases, then scroll down to NoveList (currently in the 9th position).

On the left you will see a quicksearch window. If you have read everything Sue Grafton has written and want to find authors like her, type in "Grafton, Sue."

Choose a title from the results and then click on "Find Similar Titles."

Now you're faced with options. Why do you like Sue Grafton? Is it because she writes about

  • Millhone, Kinsey

  • Mystery stories, American

  • Santa Teresa, California, or

  • Women detectives?

Since it is doubtful another author would take the chance of "borrowing" Grafton's main character, you can uncheck Kinsey Millhone from the list. It is only slightly more likely that another author will have chosen Santa Teresa, California as the setting for their story, so let that one go, too.

Now, you are left with American mysteries (versus British mysteries, like Poirot-esque stories) and women detectives. Luckily, there are a lot of writers who bring us women mystery-solvers.

And yes, 1,044 books are pulled from the depths of NoveList as suggestions to keep you busy while Grafton pens her next bestseller, including Susan Wittig Albert, Jane Isenberg and Carolyn G. Hart.

There are a million other ways NoveList can help you find your next favorite, so keep clicking until you find it!

Monday, June 11, 2007

What we're reading: Coralina Daly

Assistant Librarian/Coordinator of Testing Services Cory Daly is currently reading Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs, and listening to The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough.

Update 6.22.07:

I finished them! Running with Scissors was very well-written, but tough to get through because the subject matter was pretty raw. I handled it a couple of chapters at a time. It was funny, but thoughtful and dark at the same time. I'm very curious how the lawsuit filed by the family portrayed in the book will turn out.

The Johnstown Flood was amazingly detailed. I really enjoyed how character-driven McCullough was able to make his narrative and there were many times I found myself thinking of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, both of which happened decades after this was written. Tragedy is timeless.

What we're reading: Jackie Meeker

CWC-BOCHES Coordinator Jackie Meeker is currently reading Looking for Mary: Or, the Blessed Mother and Me, by Beverly Donofrio, and listening to When Madeline Was Young, by Jane Hamilton.


What Jackie thought of "When Madeline Was Young"

I was very interested in listening to Jane Hamilton’s When Madeline Was Young, as I had enjoyed her novel The Book of Ruth years ago. Unfortunately, I was less than taken with When Madeline Was Young. The premise of the book (according to the blurb on the back) was intriguing – shortly after marrying Aaron Maciver, Madeline is involved in a bicycle accident that leaves her with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. Years later, Aaron remarries and he and his new wife, Julia, “adopt” Madeline and care for her as if she is their child. Okay, that’s a pretty unusual plot line, but it turns out to be more of an aside than an actual plot. The book is narrated by Aaron and Julia’s son, Timothy (aka “Mac”), and the story veers dramatically from Madeline’s situation to the political climate of the sixties to the present day. It was somewhat disjointed and slow-moving, and the characters were less than sympathetic. I almost gave it up less than half-way through, but stuck it out to the unsatisfying end, hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

Friday, June 8, 2007

New Book: Give a Horse a Second Chance: Adopting and Caring for Rescue Horses

By: Jane R. Wise
HV 4755 .W57 2007

How is a rescue horse different?
What do people need to know to be a good partner for a wild or previously abused equine?

Wise, a horsewoman experienced in dealing with rescued horses, discusses the adoption process and the many specific associated issues, inlcuding health, nutrition, and behavior.

This book is available for checkout by both the CWC community and the public. For more information, call (307) 855-2141 or email

New Book: Suicide Terrorism

Suicide Terrorism By Ami Pedahzur
HV 6431 .P43 2005

What brings leaders of terrorist organizations to initiate campaigns of suicide terrorism? What are the causes and motivations that lead ordinary people to embark upon suicide attacks?

Pedazhur, Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, investigates the root causes of suicide terrorism and the use of human bombs in Lebanon, Israel, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Chechnya, Iraq, and the ostentatious attacks of Al-Qaeda and the global jihad.

This book is available for checkout by both the CWC community and the public. For more information, call (307) 855-2141 or email