On Tuesday, the state’s libraries will host Wyoming Snapshot Day, an event highlighting the importance of libraries to the state. More than 60 libraries will collect photos, comments and usage numbers to illustrate their impact every day of the year. Participating sites include public, school, special, community college and University of Wyoming libraries.

“Wyomingites love their libraries,” Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library statistics librarian said. “They use them to encourage their kids to read, to find a job, to further their education. Last year, circulation was over 5 million. Wyoming public libraries alone typically have more than three and a half million visits and nearly a million computer uses a year. The typical school librarian sees every student in the building at least once a week.”

Many libraries will be taking pictures of their activities and asking patrons to fill out short survey forms and to provide comments. “Beyond the numbers, we really want people’s stories,” Mark said. “Whether it’s a child checking out a book for the first time, a high school student learning how to do research, or someone finding information on how to re-enter the workforce, we want to know how people are using our libraries.”

Wyoming residents can participate in Snapshot Day by visiting their local library and providing their comments. More information on the event, and a list of participating libraries may be found at http://wyomingsnapshot.weebly.com/.

Wyoming Snapshot Day is a project of the Wyoming State Library (WSL) and the Wyoming Library Association. For more information, contact Susan Mark, WSL statistics librarian at 307-777-5915 or susan.mark@wyo.gov.

Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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