(Natrona County, Wyo.) - Due to the recent closure and relocation of Midwest School
the Natrona County Library’s Bookmobile has extended its services to
include North Casper Elementary through the rest of the school year.
The Bookmobile made its first stop at North Casper Elementary on Friday,
It will make an additional stop on Friday, June 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. and
visit North Casper Elementary every day from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 6
through Wednesday, June 8.
Midwest’s staff reached out to the Library amid the announcement of a gas
leak and subsequent closing of the school for the remainder of the school
year, noting they were desperate for resources.
“They called, we answered,” says Lisa Scroggins, Natrona County Library
Director. “This is an important time for us to come together as a community
to support our students and teachers. Closing Midwest School, relocating
the students and staff, evacuating some of the houses near the school where
some teachers and staff reside — none of this is going to be easy, and we
want to do everything we can to help. We’ve loaded up the Bookmobile with
more materials than usual, we’ve gathered together the staff, and we even
grabbed some extra library cards for the teachers, just in case. ”
“The staff and students are overwhelmed with gratitude,” says Wendy
McGregor, an Instructional Facilitator at Midwest School.
“It means a lot to all of us to have the Library readily capable and
willing to quite literally show up at our doorstep with access to thousands
of books, movies and other educational resources."
All items checked out at the Bookmobile can be returned to any library
branch, including the Edgerton Branch at 935 Cottonwood.
“We want the families and staff who reside in Midwest to know that they
don’t have to drive back to Casper to return their checked out materials,”
says Scroggins. “They have a branch nearby where they can return old items
and check out new ones. And if there’s a book, movie or anything else they
want at our main library, we’ll make sure it gets to Edgerton as we always
The Friends of the Natrona County Library also are offering every resource
they have to the Midwest's staff, including an invitation to browse the
Friends' collection and take whatever they may need.
"It's humbling to see the impact we are having not just in Casper but
throughout Natrona County," says Lee Tschetter, Bookmobile Coordinator. "If
we can provide teachers with books and movies to use in their classroom, or
help a student find a book to enjoy this weekend, then we've done our job.
All of it will go a long way towards easing this difficult transition."
Photos: h/t NCPL/Pitchengine Communities