Nearly 8,000 books will be given to first-graders across Wyoming’s 23 counties next Tuesday as part of the Wyoming Reads’ literacy celebration.
First-graders attending the events across Wyoming will choose from one of six books picked by Wyoming Reads, a group that started in Casper and works to promote literacy across the state. The celebration here will take place at the Natrona County Library and Nicolaysen Art Museum at 11 a.m. on May 15, according to a library press release.
More than 1,200 Natrona County first-graders will attend that event, as will Wyoming’s First Lady, Carol Mead. Her husband, Gov. Matt Mead, has declared May 15 as Wyoming Literacy Day, keeping with a longstanding tradition, according to Wyoming Reads.
Two-hundred and fifty students here will also receive their first library card at the event, which will include a play that pays tribute to Sue Jorgensen, “in whose memory this event was established,” according to the release.
The six books are:
- “Penguin Day: A Family Story,” by Nic Bishop;
- “Max and Bird,” by Ed Vere;
- “Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door,” by Adam Rubin;
- “The Giant Jumperee,” by Julia Donaldson;
- “Little Red Riding Sheep,” by Linda Ravin; and
- “Be Quiet!” by Ryan T. Higgins.
The event started in Casper more than 20 years ago, after Sue Jorgensen died and her husband, John, established the library foundation in her name. It expanded statewide in 2006, according to the release.
Local groups including the Casper Rotary Club and the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board — which is led by school board members — are partners in the event.