'Wyoming Reads' at Sheridan Fulmer Library; first graders will get free books

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Sheridan Fulmer Library will host the annual Wyoming Reads celebration on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. More than 350 first graders from throughout Sheridan County will come to the library to learn about the library and the services it offers, as well as get a free book to take home. Wyoming Reads is sponsored through the Sue Jorgensen Foundation, an organization based in Casper that focuses on advancing child literacy. Each year since 2006, the program has given a free book to every first grader in the state of Wyoming to encourage an early love of reading. The Sheridan County Public Library System has participated in the program each year since its inception. “It is a really great project,” said Michelle Havenga, Fulmer Children’s Librarian. “Every first grader in the state of Wyoming is receiving a free hardback book. I think they are giving out more than 7,000 books this year. Back in January, the kids got to choose one of six books. On Tuesday they will receive their book and a bookmark in a book bag and will receive information about our summer reading program. And each book has a book plate with the child’s name in it.” In addition, library staff will read stories in various locations of the library, the students will get to tour THE Wyoming Room and they will have the chance to sign a large thank you card that will be sent to the Sue Jorgensen Foundation. *Feature photo: 2015 Wyoming Reads celebration. h/t Sheridan Fulmer Library* #dally #news