Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Book discussion about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
Oct. 15 2:30 pm Arts Center Gallery
Author Tea with John Washakie
The event begins with a ceremony by the United Tribes Club to honor Washakie in the gallery of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center. This will precede his main presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in a nearby classroom.
Washakie, a CWC alumnus and great grandson of Chief Washakie, is the author of two children’s books: Yuse: The Bully and the Bear and Yuse and the Spirit, which are both are traditional Shoshone tales told to him by his grandmother and other family members. He decided to write the books to preserve the stories for future generations. Washakie is also the author of a collection of detective stories about a private investigator named James Sweating Horse.
Before he started writing, Washakie spent 18 years on the Eastern Shoshone Business Council. While on the Council, he made numerous presentations to the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. He was appointed by three U. S. Department of Interior Secretaries to serve on several national committees to address issues from Reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to energy policy. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wyoming and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
The CWC Library Author Series was established in 2006 to inspire creativity and honor authors. Author series participants thus far have been: Karol Griffin Young (2006), Theodore Judson (2007), Kari Grady Grossman (2007), Kent Stockton (2007) and Teresa Jordan (2008).
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sir Salman Rushdie, winner of the Booker Prize and survivor of a fatwa, spoke in Laramie Thursday and Coralina Daly and Carlie Herrick traveled down for the occasion.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Monday, June 2, 2008
The Life of Pi
PR 9199.3 .M3855 L54 2001
"I slept in fits that night. Shortly before sunrise I gave up trying to fall asleep again and lifted myself on an elbow. I spied with my little eye a tiger. Richard Parker was restless. He was moaning and growling and pacing about the lifeboat..."
Little Things in a Big Country
F 739 .A94 H565 2004
"Little Things in a Big Country is charming! Hannah Hinchman shows the magic of nature with detailed watercolors and her sometimes sweet, sometimes plucky journal entries. A treat!"
The Past from Above
CC 76.4 .G4713 2003
"Georg Gerster is "one of the world's finest and best-known aerial photographers." His motto is: 'distance creates an overview of the subject and an overview creates a greater understanding.' This is a fascinating look at archaeological sites as seen from the air. Enjoy!!"
Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
AMIND PS 3555 .R42 L37 2001
"Louise Erdrich's storytelling is at its finest in The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. Crossing borders of gender and spirituality cause the protagonist, Father Damien, to experience a higher calling in the Church and in the Ojibwe tribe. For Father Damien many mysteries, both internally and externally, are pieced together as he finds his place within the tribe and within the Church. Much like the Chopin Nocturnes that Father Damien loves to play, Erdrich's story draws the reader into a rich display of minor and major keys."
Silence and Solitude
OVERSIZE F 722 .M87 2002
"This book will capture your attention from beginning to end! It appeals to both nature-lovers and city slickers!"
Pride and Prejudice
PR 4034 .P947 2007
"Jane Austen's timeless romantic classic that will have you begging for more. Go ahead and buy that pint of ice cream and curl up on your couch 'cause you're not gonna want to put this one down. A book every hopeless romantic can enjoy. No sneak peeks in this review, go ahead and read the book to find out for yourself! Enjoy!"
The Annotated Hobbit
PR 6039 O32 H6 1988
"The Hobbit is J.R.R Tolkien's amazing prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The story of Bilbo Baggins' journey to the Lonely Mountain will keep you reading on and on. In this book you find out how Bilbo comes across one small trinket that sets up the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy. I enjoy this book everytime I read it and I hope you do, too."
Atlas of Bird Migration
OVERSIZE QL 698.9 .A89 2007
"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."-- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
"The Atlas of Bird Migration traces the migration of birds in North America, and the season weather patterns, and the environmental factors. It has big, colorful pictures, traces the migratory patterns of potentially large flocks of birds. Go ahead, start this new hobby, you won't be disappointed!"
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Winning entries were:
Best in Show: Workforce and Community Education Assistant Judy Hubbard's interpretation of The Rainbow Fish
Wittiest Entry: Jack Schmidt's interpretation of O'Pioneers
People's Choice: Facilities Coordinator Linda Becker's interpretation of Frankenstein
To see photos of the winners and other entries, visit
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Over 60 people came to hear Teresa Jordan speak in CWC's Little Theater on April 10, 2008. Many also attended the subsequent pie reception and book signing sponsored by the Friends of the CWC Library.
Jordan, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, spoke about learning to speak Spanish and what the processs taught her. She spoke about the language barrier for immigrants and soldiers and how a person's personality changes when he or she is uncomfortable with the language. Jordan also took questions and solicited stories of audience members' experience with language.
Among the comments listed on audience surveys were "TERRIFIC PROGRAM!!" and "EXCELLENT AND ENTERTAINING AS WELL AS THOUGHT PROVOKING."
The program was made possible through a grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council. In addition to speaking at CWC, Jordan spoke at Western Wyoming Community College and both the Powell and Cody branches of the Park County Public Library System.
Photos courtesy of Carolyn Aanestad
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
April 10, 2008
CWC Little Theater
Reception/book signing to follow
Through the great generosity of the Wyoming Humanities Council, the CWC Library presents Teresa Jordan, author of the classic memoir Riding the White Horse Home, among many others.
Riverton is the second stop on a four-city tour for Jordan. She speaks at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs on April 9, and in Cody and Powell on April 12.
Jordan's latest work is about immersing herself in Argentinian culture and her attempts to master the Spanish language.
The April 10 presentation will be followed by a pie reception and book signing in the Fremont Room. Teresa Jordan's art and books will be for sale.
Call 855-2141 for more information.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The CWC Library is hosting our first-ever edible book contest on Monday, March 3.
Anyone is welcome to enter and participate. The idea is simple:
Play with your food!
You just come up with an edible interpretation of a book title (or scene, etc.).
For example, "The Tale of Pita Rabbit," pictured above fom the University of Texas' 2007 event. One entry here will be "The Rise and Fall of the Ramen Empire." For more ideas, see more great submissions from the University of Texas here, or watch this youtube video from the public library in Portland, Maine.
If you can't participate, stop in and vote and sample the entries. We will be in the CWC Fremont Room from 11:30 am - 1 pm on Monday March 3. Call 855-2332 for more information.
Monday, February 4, 2008
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
Join with us Feb. 27 from 1:30 to 2:20 in MH 137. We have several copies of the book for you to check out, but you needn't have read it to participate.
What do you think about what is happening in Afghanistan?
Many of us can't even spell Afghanistan, let alone understand what is going on and why.
Part of the library's focus on Diversity this month is a chance to talk about these issues during a discussion about Khaled Hosseini's tremendous first novel, "The Kite Runner" (a movie version was released last fall).
One synopsis calls "The Kite Runner":
"An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies."
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Sherman Alexie’s Flight takes readers on a postmodern picaresque time journey. The main character Zits, a fifteen year old, anger walking machine, decides to gun down innocent bystanders at a Seattle bank lobby. During his shooting rampage, Zits is shot in the head and, thus, begins his pícaro time journey. Instead of visiting traditional Purgatoire, Zits’s spirit embodies historical figures, such as a young Native American boy at Little Big Horn; a racist, white male FBI agent at Red River; and an Indian Scout at Sand Creek Massacre. Through his time travels, Zits begins to ask questions about resolution, violence, judgment, and grace. Further, he begins to understand that his identity doesn’t have to be tied to zits, anger, and abuse. Alexie’s style of humor and poignancy are at its best.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
"Altered Books" is a body of work based on a collaboration of 24 artists using the idea of “book” as a starting point and arepresented in a variety of structures in mixed media. The resulting works explore a range of ideas from mapping and place, to secrets,celebrating the ordinary in daily life, to passage, alchemy and perception, trees as metaphor, list making, home and the cycles oflife to name a few. It's a must see! If you can't make the reception, "Altered Books" will be on display until February 1, 2008.
The Lander Art Center is located at 224 Main Street in Lander (former location of Hello the House). Call 332-5772 for more information.