Reference librarian Pernel Wilfred fields thousands of requests for material and information. 

Teaching reliable fact-finding techniques is among her responsibilities. In that regard, her masters of library and information science degree serves researchers well.

Lately, queries regarding Wyoming statute are common. Wilfred is able to direct patrons to the complete set of current statutes on the shelves or the online database maintained by the State.

Wilfred fulfills requests for books, DVDs and CDs not available in the Cody collection. Most people log inter-library loans from Wyoming libraries with their online account. For brief tutorials visit

Not a fan of the internet? In the last year, Wilfred addressed 1,486 questions posed at her desk.

Powell, Meeteetse and Northwest College material will be couriered to Cody at no cost to the borrower. To obtain something from another collection requires a modest $3 fee to cover return postage.

Most items can be found within the State of Wyoming. Wilfred credits good statewide collection development and an agreement that includes the University of Wyoming and junior college libraries for the broad selection.

Obscure, dated or controversial items may require a more extensive search. Of the more than 5,000 requests satisfied last year, less than 50 came from farther afield. The Cody library also exchanges material with national library consortiums to expand patron access.

In turn, the Park County Public Library serves a western history niche. Requests far exceed loans to the Cody library.

Patrons often ask Cody Library manager Marge Buchholz to order new library books. To make a request, pick up a form at the front desk, call Buchholz, (307) 527-1883, or catch her on her rounds. Sue Christenson manages the AV department purchases of audio books, DVDs and periodicals for the library.

Buchholz has directed her staff to serve as roving references. Helping patrons locate items is a top priority at the library. Several staff members are especially adept at downloading Wyoming Library’s free e-books and audio books. Just ask.

In Grizzly Hall

• Meet “The Grinch,” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14. This will include family crafts, green Grinch-y treats and photo ops with “The Grinch.”

• Park County Pastoral photo contest. During December, the public is invited to vote for the winners in the Park County Pastoral photo contest. 

Winners will be chosen in two categories: 17 and under, 18 and up. Prizes will be awarded Jan. 20 at Winter Gathering. All three Park County libraries will host the same display.

•Food for Fines. Non-perishable items for people and pets will be accepted in lieu of library fines through Dec. 30. Food should be unexpired and of equal or greater value than the fine. 

Donations support Cody Cupboard and Park County Animal Shelter. Damage and replacement costs are exempt from the Food for Fines exchange.

• Device training: Join teen librarian Shelly Waidelich for regular tech training sessions, 9-11 a.m., Mondays. Learn to download free e-books with a library account and become better acquainted with the various e-readers. 

More efficient computer and smartphone use will also be explored in these casual sessions. Drop-ins throughout the week are welcome. Call (307) 527-1889 for more information.

In the LOFT

A library for students in grades 6-12.

• Christmas Crafting, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Mondays, Dec. 11 (bath bombs) and 18 (it’s a mystery).

• Home School Hour, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

• Homework Afternoon, 4-5 p.m., Thursdays. No computer gaming during this quiet time.

• Christmas Fun, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Dec. 15.

Stop by the LOFT for a calendar or see it online at Contact Waidelich, (307) 527-1889, or by email, On Facebook follow Park County Public Library Teen Room.

In the children’s library

Sign up for:

• Read to a Dog, 15-minute sessions for grades K-5, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Dec.12 and 19. Therapy dogs are good listeners.

• CRC Playgroup for ages 18-36 months, 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14.

Drop in for:

• Meet “The Grinch,” in Grizzly Hall, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14.

• Toddler Time, 10-10:20 a.m., Mondays (except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.) Short stories, music and movement, all to develop a comfort in the library and love for books.

• Story Time for ages 3-6, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3.) Stories are based on a theme each week, accompanied by songs, games and crafts to help promote early literacy skills.

• Homeschool Hour for grades K-5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesdays (except Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.)

• Screen-free haven, 3-8 p.m., Thursdays. Take a rest from technology with a book, game or craft project.

For details contact Holly Baker, (307) 527-1884, or visit Follow codykidsread on Twitter and Facebook.

The Cody, Powell and Meeteetse libraries will be closed Saturday-Monday, Dec. 23-25 for Christmas and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day.

For more information call (307) 527-1880, visit, find Mabel Wilkinson or Park County Public Library, Cody on Facebook or email

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