The Libraries proudly support Food Pantries & Animal Shelters in our communities!
Damage & replacement costs are exempt from the Food for Fines exchange.
An easy way to track your library items is to use the WYLDcat Mobile app. It can be found by searching WYLDcat, Wyoming Libraries or WYLD in your device’s app store. Once installed, you can search materials, renew, place holds, view your virtual library card and link additional cards to your account.
Parents and guardians can load all of their family’s cards into the app and easily see everyone’s due dates at once. Have trouble remembering to bring your library card, but always have your phone? Use the virtual library card feature! Browse our collection and place holds from home – we’ll call, text or email when they are available.
If you need assistance downloading or setting up the app, stop by or contact Nicholle Gerharter at (307) 527-1880 or at [email protected].
Colt (from left) and Bridgette Gibson were happy to hear about automatic renewal because they need to keep their books a little longer.
The library recently launched a trial service to offer automatic renewal in lieu of collecting fines for overdue items. This pilot program promotes equitable access especially for low-income families and children – patrons for whom fines may create a barrier to service.
Material will automatically renew for another checkout period except for items with a hold placed on them. Patrons who have requested email or text notification will receive a message when an item cannot be renewed. Otherwise, DVDs will renew for one more week, books and audiobooks for two weeks.
For best use of limited staff, the librarians chose to focus on meeting patron needs instead of punitive and not actually lucrative collections tasks. The system relies on fines for slightly more than one half of one percent of its annual budget. This amount is quickly recouped in time gained for more impactful tasks such as children’s programs, teen activities, interlibrary loans, tech training, public programs of local interest and collection development.
Longstanding library policy encourages children, babies to age 18, to read off fines. One hour of reading or being read to clears one dollar on account. A note from the responsible adult at home will suffice. Loss or damage charges will still be billed.
“The Pie Letters” book signing will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Cody library. Author Coletta Kewitt will be joined by artist Cynthia Weed at this free public program.
Coletta was born to be a baker and carry on the tradition of at least three generations. She spent her childhood working alongside her parents and two siblings in her family’s bakery in Mount Vernon, Wash.
In 1991 Coletta and her husband Michael Maier moved to Cody and started Open Box M, a business making handcrafted pochade boxes (portable easels) for artists. After Maier’s death, Coletta expanded the company with “Pie in the Sky Artist Workshops” led by some of America’s leading plein air (outdoor) painters. It was a holistic approach to creativity and inspiration, combining learning, challenges and delicious food.
The joys of baking inspired Coletta to formally study and earn her certificate in pastry at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. She returned to Wyoming excited to share her gifts and knowledge. She made pies for friends. She gave pies to fundraisers. She sold pies to caterers. Her pies made people smile. They made people cry. They awakened memories. They would tell Coletta stories about pie. So, she started a “pie of the month club.”
Coletta works as a personal chef. When not at the oven, her time is spent with her husband, Dave Kewitt, sharing their love of art and painting together outdoors and treasured time with their grown children and grandchildren.
Cynthia is a mixed media artist known for her unexpected combinations of words, vintage photographs and lost objects that tell a story in a defined space. A Wyoming native, Weed’s pieces often feature “the art of the possible.”
Objects, pictures, or bits and pieces take on a new life in her hands. Drawn to the past and to the stories of each image, she invites the viewer to ask “Where has this been, who has held it, cherished it, lost it? And how did it get to me?”
“Working with Coletta on her book has been a great joy,” Cynthia said. “I often got pie!” Weed is looking forward to showing her latest work at the Casper Nicolaysen Museum in January. The show will be titled: “For Those of You Who Missed Your Last Connection.”
Use the barcode number on your library card (no spaces, no letters) and PIN (try the word wyld) to log into your account and renew your items. Select the link below.