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  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|May 23, 2024

    Stop by the library to see the new garden boxes out front! These came from the community garden as it is being removed to make room for the new Food Pantry. The amazing volunteers who have worked to keep the garden going over the years provided their time and effort to move the boxes along with plants, decor and supplies to the library. Firesteel provided staff and equipment to move the dirt. The garden boxes already add beauty to our front entrance. Miss Lacey plans a future project with our youth patrons to paint a rock snake to add to the...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|May 16, 2024

    Join us Friday, May 17, for a LEGO Maker Day! All ages are welcome to come in anytime from 1-3 p.m. for various challenges along with free play and all supplies are provided. We had several families join us last time who worked together along with individuals who worked independently. June 21 will be the next LEGO event. On Tuesday, May 21, librarians from across Wyoming will join first graders in various activities to promote a love of reading as part of the annual Wyoming Reads event. John Jorgensen and his children started with one school in...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|May 9, 2024

    May 6-12 is the 105th Children’s Book Week. This is one of the longest running national celebrations of books for young people. Anyone anywhere can celebrate Children’s Book Week. This year, we invite you to join CLUB NO RULES, JUST READ. How do you join? You read! That’s right…all you need to do is read something during the week and you are in! Read a book, magazine, audiobook, comic, newspaper, poem, instruction manual, or… Read for five minutes…no, no, 30 minutes… no, no, an hour. Ok, just read for however long you can/want. Read alone, w...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|May 2, 2024

    We will be hosting a three part Pie and Planning series about life and death matters, coordinated by Vicki Kissack, Advance Funeral Planner for Gillette Memorial Services. Stop in for any or all of the sessions that you are interested in. Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. - Write Your Own Story Rita Mashak, funeral director for Gillette Memorial Services, will lead a session on writing an obituary. Participants will begin writing their own obituary. Pie provided by Moorcroft Branch Library and Donna’s Diner. Tuesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. - A More M...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Apr 25, 2024

    Everyone is invited to join us for Family Bingo Night on Tuesday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m.! We will be serving cookies and punch. We will have fun prizes for attendees of all ages. Gather your family and friends for an entertaining evening. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. We have planned a youth craft on Friday, May 3 for attendees to create one-of-a-kind gifts for the special ladies in their lives. We have several time slots available for our Mystery Mother’s Day Craft. You can schedule time for sibling or friend groups. We have put a lot of tho...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Apr 18, 2024

    Did you know we offer self-measured blood pressure monitoring kits for checkout? This is a collaborative project between the Wyoming Center on Aging at the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Department of Health Chronic Disease Prevention Program and public libraries across the state. The Moorcroft Branch Library is committed to providing resources for a strong, healthy community. We have received many referrals from our local clinic as it is very beneficial for individuals to be able to track their numbers and share that information with their...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Apr 11, 2024

    We have lots of fun planned at the library over the next few months! Stop in to pick up a calendar, view events on our website or follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information. We offer FREE kids’ (ages seven+) paint classes each month. Our next class dates are April 12 and May 10. Reservations are required. Donations are accepted to purchase class supplies and we also have paintings available by donation to help fund these classes. Our Adult Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month, at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join u...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Apr 4, 2024

    April 7-13 is National Library Week. This is a time to celebrate libraries and library workers while promoting the many services they offer their patrons. The 2024 theme is ‘Ready, Set, Library!’ reminding us in our mostly digital world that libraries give us the green light to slow down and focus on what really matters: connecting with others and learning new things. No matter where you are on your journey through life, the library is somewhere that everyone is welcome and we can all find something to benefit us. Stop by the Moorcroft Bra...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Mar 28, 2024

    Stop in and see the changes we’ve made at the library in the last week and check out a new book, movie or activity kit while you are here! Moorcroft Friends of The Library purchased new chairs for our upstairs conference room and 6/7 of our adult book club members greatly approved the new additions. One member missed the wheels of the previous bright colored rolling chairs, but appreciates the comfort of the new black cushioned chairs. The old meeting room chairs have been relocated to various areas in the youth services section of the l...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library!

    Serena Buckner|Mar 21, 2024

    March is National Reading Month and this week we want to share how important reading is for adults and senior citizens. Reading regularly can be the difference between a declining mind and a healthy one. Reading provides an escape from everyday life, keeps minds active and engaged as we age and allows us to discover new worlds, ideas and concepts, all while improving our emotional response, critical thinking, sleep habits and stress levels. Our brains need regular stimulation to stay sharp and alert. Reading requires our mind to recall and...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library!

    Serena Buckner|Mar 14, 2024

    The youth services area of the library will be closed Monday, March 18 through Thursday, March 21 for spring cleaning. Pickup services will be available for children and young adult books. Please call us at least two hours ahead of when you would like to stop in at (307) 756-3232. We will still have Storytime on Wednesday, March 20, however, it will be held in the upstairs meeting room. There will be NO Afterschool program on March 20. Grab a magazine, book or e-reader! It’s time to celebrate - March is National Reading Month. An entire m...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Mar 7, 2024

    National Reading Month is the month of March! This is a great time to remember how magical and exciting reading can be. Here are a few ideas find joy in reading: Choose a random spot on a map or globe and read about that area; pick a new hobby you may enjoy and read what it may take to participate in that activity; find your favorite childhood book and read it again. Share it with your friends & family; host a book exchange, you could choose to do this for adults, teens or children and this is...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Feb 29, 2024

    March is National Reading Month! Reading is fun and has many benefits for everyone of all ages and most importantly, reading is essential to a good education and professional development. Reading can also have immediate and long-lasting health benefits such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary and decreased levels of stress. Reading can also help with your writing as well as conversational and public speaking skills. There are many ways you can enjoy a good book even if you don’t love to read. Try listening to audio books, join a...

  • What's happening at the library

    Serena Buckner|Feb 22, 2024

    Alyson with My Homemade Hellos will have an adult craft on Tuesday, February 27. Call to sign up today! Our Blind Date with a Book options are being restocked regularly. Stop by and let fate choose your next literary adventure! Make sure you get your chocolate treat to enjoy and return your rate your date slip for a chance to win our grand prize. On March 1, we will celebrate Dr Seuss with a free drop-in activity for all ages. Stop in anytime from 1 until 3 p.m. March 2 is Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. There is still...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library!

    Serena Buckner|Feb 8, 2024

    Love is in the air in February, not just because of Valentines Day, Library Lovers Month is celebrated for the entire month of February! Library lovers all around the world celebrate the buildings, halls and rooms that house the numerous collections of books and historical documents. We would like to take this time to remind you that the library offers many opportunities to share your love of the library with others. Join us for Storytime every Wednesday at 10 a.m., Afterschool Program on Wednesdays at 4 - 5 p.m. (during regular school weeks),...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Feb 1, 2024

    Don’t judge a book by its cover. Take a chance and let fate determine your next literary choice and go on a Blind Date with a Book! Each blind date will include a chocolatey treat and you may rate your date for a chance to win a prize. Blind dates will be available throughout the month of February. Our blind dates will also fulfill categories for our 24 in ‘24 challenge. Make sure you pick up a challenge log sheet if you haven’t already. Did you know that libraries offer children so much more than just books? Visiting the library can encou...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Jan 25, 2024

    Has winter weather been keeping your family inside? Are you looking for new activities to entertain your child(ren) without bringing more toys into your home? Stop by the library and check out one of our activity kits! We have many options to choose from including Stamps and Stencils, The Search for Jack, Kids Baking Kit, Pet Vet Kit, Dinosaur Kit and our newly added Paw Patrol Kit. Join us for Teen/Adult Trivia Monday, January 29 with a FREE soup dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Through The Decades trivia will begin at 7 pm. Reserve your spot...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Jan 18, 2024

    Moorcroft Friends of the Library will be meeting on Tuesday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the meeting. They plan to discuss a possible fundraiser in March. Teens (seventh grade and up) and adults are invited to join us for dinner and trivia on Monday, January 29. We will join with Impact Youth Mentorship to provide a FREE soup dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Through The Decades trivia will begin at 7. Reserve your spot for the next Adult Craft Class on Thursday, February...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Jan 11, 2024

    The Little Dark One, by Shirley Munoz Newson, is a true switched at birth story, written by a Gillette, WY native. Our Adult Book Club will be discussing this book January 18, at 1 p.m. We have copies available for checkout even if you are unable to join the discussion. Teen/Adult trivia, sponsored by Impact Youth Mentorship, will be on Monday, January 29. The theme will be Through the Decades. We welcome teens, seventh grade and up, along with adults of all ages to join us for a free dinner,...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Jan 4, 2024

    Happy New Year! As your holiday celebrations become memories, many of you may now be thinking of New Year’s Resolutions. The library is the perfect place to find inspiration to create your resolutions or ideas to help you meet the challenges you have set for yourself. Our 2024 resolution is to be a hub for our community and to offer programs and services that are beneficial to northeast Wyoming. Adult book club meets the third Thursday of each month, at 1 p.m. For January 18, we are reading The Little Dark One, by Shirley Munoz Newson. This i...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library!

    Serena Buckner|Dec 28, 2023

    Join our 24 in ‘24 Adult Book Challenge! The challenge begins January 1 and participants have until December 31, 2024 to finish. Books, ebooks or audiobooks can be utilized to read or listen to a book in the 24 different categories. Log sheets are available to pick up now. Join us for Movie Days. Sing will be played on Friday December 29 at 1 p.m. and the sequel, Sing 2, on Friday, January 5, at 1 p.m. Popcorn will be provided! Feel free to bring other snacks and drinks. Youth and Adult craft classes with Alyson from My Homemade Hellos will b...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Dec 21, 2023

    Bring your kids to visit the library over Christmas Break! We will be closed Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1, but will have normal hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all other days in those weeks. We have books, games, computer stations, coloring and so much more to keep them busy. We will show the movie Sing on Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m. and the sequel, Sing 2 on Friday, January 5, at 1 p.m. Popcorn will be provided and feel free to bring other snacks & drinks! Alyson with My Homemade Hellos will have calendar making crafts for both...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Dec 14, 2023

    We were very excited to welcome 30 patrons to the library on Sunday, December 10. for Storytime and a craft. Santa’s elves were so busy getting ready for Christmas that they asked Miss Lacey to step in for them. Attendees enjoyed holiday stories and colored ornaments. Please join us on December 19 for a Holiday Treat Exchange from 5:30-7 pm. Bring at least two dozen of your favorite holiday treats. We will enjoy some, while we visit and all attendees will get to take home new treats to share with their friends and family. Hot cocoa and apple c...

  • What's happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Dec 7, 2023

    December is full of holiday cheer at the Moorcroft Branch Library. Please join us for our fun activities! December 10 - Join us for Storytime and Craft with Santa’s Elf at 3:30 p.m. Get your parking spot on main street for The Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights and join us while you wait for the parade to start at 5. Don’t forget to stop by the Mousse Lodge for a hot cocoa bar and visit Santa at West Texas Trails Museum after the parade. December 13 - Storytime at 10 a.m. and After School Program at 5 p.m. will both include gingerbread cookie...

  • What's Happening at the Moorcroft Branch Library

    Serena Buckner|Nov 23, 2023

    Teen/Adult Trivia is Monday, November 27. Youth, seventh grade or older, and all adults are welcome. We are partnering with Impact Youth Mentorship to provide dinner at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start at 7. Our November Adult Craft class is on Thursday, November 30 and we have a few spots left. We will be making bath salt, body scrub, milk bath and rice heating bags. Call or stop by to reserve your spot. Moorcroft Friends of the Library has items available to bid on for their Holiday Silent Auction. The auction will end at 5 p.m., on Friday,...

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