Bracket Wars: Pasta Edition

Have you ever wondered which pasta noodle is the best pasta noodle? Welcome to Bracket Wars: Pasta Edition! Each week teens can vote on their favorite pasta. The pasta with the most votes that week will advance to the next round. Winners are posted Wednesdays at 5pm. Teens who vote get entered in for a chance to win a $5 gift card! This last week penne beat out rotini for a place in the top four! This week vote between fettuccine and conchiglie.  

National Library Week

Welcome to your Library: Here, Home, & on the Go!

April 4-10 is National Library Week and we have lots planned for you to do this week! Here are the events happening library wide.

10th Annual Cupcake Wars

VIRTUAL NON-EDIBLE MATERIALS COMPETITION and IN-PERSON EDIBLE COMPETITION (this tasting is not open to the public). Enter by April 4th; more information here:

Overdue Fine Forgiveness: up to $10 and free replacement library cards April 5-10

Grab-and-Go Adult Craft Kits: Canning Jar Bird Feeders April 5-10

Facebook Photo Challenge: Post your photo for the daily theme to be entered into a gift card drawing. April 5-10

Community Scavenger Hunt: Stop by the Gillette front desk to pick up your pamphlet. Once you’ve solved the puzzle, return it to the library to be entered into a drawing for a gift basket. April 5-10

Master Gardeners: Seeds and Trees program on April 10 from 10-2pm.

Storytime and Puppet Shows: Stop by for a show and meet Rainbow Fish. April 6-8

For more information on these programs please see our website:

Final 2020-2021 Soaring Eagle Nominees

The Soaring Eagle Nominee list is a list of 10 books picked by teens, 7th-12th grade, in the state of Wyoming. These are titles that other teens have said are amazing and should be read. This year’s list includes nonfiction, novels in verse, realistic fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

Our last set of books are standalone books. The Library of Lost Things, They Both Die at the End and Grenade are all standalone novels.

The Library of Lost Things

By Laura Taylor Namey

“How could I open that door and let him see the messiest parts of me?”

Darcy loves to read. She loves books and language and words. She loves how they help her escape from the reality of her own life.

But what might happen if she chooses to live her life instead of escaping it? Could she create a story of her own to rival any she has experienced through print?

Join her as she navigates family secrets and the beautiful sweetness of young love, and perhaps be inspired to take some risks in the story that is yours to create.

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera

“Mateo, I regret to inform you that sometime in the next twenty-four hours you’ll be meeting an untimely death. And while there isn’t anything we can do to suspend that, you still have a chance to live.”

Imagine receiving this phone call. This is the reality for Mateo, Rufus, and countless others. They don’t know how it will happen or even the exact minute, just that they will die that day. They live in a near future world where a company called Death Cast knows when people will die and then notifies them. You choose what to do with your last 24 hours. Do you hold a funeral? Make memories at Make a Moment where you can virtually skydive, swim with sharks, and have other adventures? Do you spend it with family and friends?

If the last option is your choice and you don’t have any friends or family, the Last Friend App has you covered. Just download the app, sign up and the app will match you with other people dying or just a friendly person that wants to be there for your last day. The Last Friend app connects Mateo and Rufus for their last day. They are completely different; Mateo is a homebody who prefers books and video games, and Rufus is a street kid who prefers to be with his gang of friends. What they don’t realize is they both need each other on their last day and they are more alike than they ever thought. 


By Alan Gratz

Imagine being pulled out of your classroom at school and told your small island, the only home you have known, is about to be invaded by enemy forces.  You are just 14; you know nothing about fighting, and yet you are told that you, and all your classmates, are expected to fight.

Each of you is given two hand grenades, and these instructions:  with the first grenade, throw it at the attacking soldiers, and kill as many as possible.

With the second grenade, if you aren’t able to escape… kill yourself.

These are the instructions given to Hideki, a teen boy living on the island of Okinawa, just off the coast of Japan, during World War II.  Part of the Pacific theater, the battle of American and Japanese troops on the tiny island of Okinawa was one of the bloodiest of the war.  In Grenade, author Alan Gratz shows us the terror Hideki faces as he is expected to fight the American soldiers on the Japanese-occupied island that has been his family’s home.

Gratz also introduces us to Ray, an American soldier who is the second narrator of the story… a soldier who is fighting because it is his duty, but not because he hates the Okinawan people.

As Hideki and Ray move across the island, their stories converge in a fateful moment of decision.

Some of you might remember that author Alan Gratz visited schools in Campbell County in the fall of 2019.  Some of his other books include Refugee, which is a current Indian Paintbrush book award nominee, and Projekt 1065, which was the first runner-up for the Soaring Eagle book award in 2019.

To find these titles, stop by the Teen Room or your school library. Haven’t heard of one you might like? That’s okay; stop by the library for other recommendations. You can also click on the category Readers Advisory or Soaring Eagles on the side for other recommendations.

Library Link: The Library of Lost Things

Library Link: They Both Die at the End

Library Link: Grenade

We Miss the Makerspace!!

So, we’ve come up with a couple innovative ways to bring it back!

1. Take and Makes

We will be offering two monthly Take and Make projects in the Teen Room. These will contain all of the necessary parts, pieces and tools to create something wonderful.

The line up for March is:

March 1-14

Spiral Gift Boxes

March 15-31

Cloud Dough

2. Circulating Kits

We know you love the Perler beads and what is life without using a hot glue gun every now and again? So, we’ve decided to offer the opportunity to check them out!

Perler bead kits include: mini iron, silicon trivet for the iron to rest on when hot (we will accept no excuses for why you scorched the table, the carpet, your bedding or anything else!) assorted Perler bead boards and a jar of beads.

Hot glue gun kits include: mini glue gun and your choice of clear and/or glitter glue sticks.

We want to see what you create!

Email a picture of your creation to

We’ll post the pic here in the Teen Room and on our social media.

Library Lover’s Day

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but it is also Library Lovers’ Day and it celebrates libraries, librarians, and book lovers. It started in Australia but the idea has spread and become more popular across the world. A library used to be a place where books were stored and there were places for reading and studying. Libraries have come a long way from their beginnings and offer a multitude of media for you to enjoy.
So how can you celebrate Library Lovers’ Day? By coming to your library, of course! We have lots to offer. Here are a few items you can check out to get you in the loving mood.

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

On her mother’s wishes, Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany getting to know her estranged father. Lina wants nothing to do with him and wants to go home. That all changes when Lina is given her mother’s old journal. She is soon in a world of secret romances, art and hidden bakeries. This is the first book in this trilogy and available in print, ebook and eaudiobook format.  

Love and Monsters (DVD 2021)

In this post-apacalyptic romance/action film, Joel has recently reconnected with his high school girlfriend via radio transmissions. The only problem is that she is 80 miles away and earth is infested with large monsters. Joel decides he can no longer live underground and starts the epic journey to find her.

American Royals by Katharine McGee read by Brittany Pressley

Do you love Harry and Meghan and wonder what it would be like if America had a royal family? If so, this series is for you. It follows Princess Beatrice and Princess Samantha who have nothing in common, except they both desire a certain handsome prince. This is the first book in the series and is available in print, audiobook, ebook and eaudiobook.

Halo by Alecandra Adornetto performed by the author

Three angels are sent down from heaven to help the world: Gabriel, Ivy, and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the most human. Bethany is instantly drawn to a mortal boy and the other angels fear that Bethany cannot protect herself or others from the Dark Forces. This supernatural romance is the first book in the trilogy and is available in print and Playaway (preloaded digital audio player) format.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Escape Room

It’s been all over the news. There have been some strange things happening around Gillette with no evidence left behind. You’re the newest detective and we need you to solve the case before anything else happens!

Join us on February 10th. Four sessions available: 2pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm and 3:30pm. Limit 5 participants per session. Stop by the Teen Room desk to sign up.

Soaring Eagles 2020-2021 Round 2!

The Soaring Eagle Nominee list is a list of 10 books picked by teens, 7th-12th grade, in the state of Wyoming. These are titles that other teens have said are amazing and should be read. This year’s list includes nonfiction, novels in verse, realistic fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

Our next three books are books in series. Ash Princess, Truly Devious and Wizard for Hire are all part of trilogies; Verify is the first part of its duology.

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)

Ash Princess

By Laura Sebastian

After ten years of Theo being held captive in her own country and palace, she thinks the Kaiser has taken everything from her. He’s taken her family, people and even her name, replacing Theo with Thora. Thora thinks that all she can do now is simply survive; she only has one hope at escaping, and they haven’t come for 10 years. The Kaiser also thinks she has nothing left to lose, until he makes her kill the person she thinks is her only hope at escaping. This breaks Thora in a way the Kaiser doesn’t think of and Theo makes the decision that surviving is not enough.  Now, she is determined to take the insult of Ash Princess and turn it into something to be feared. What the Kaiser doesn’t understand is that from the ashes, a queen will rise.

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

Truly Devious

By Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is a private high school in Vermont, where the best and brightest students go. They didn’t even have an application to get in. The only information to get in was, “If you would like to be considered for Ellingham Academy, please get in touch.”

Stevie Bell is a true-crime aficionado, and her favorite unsolved crime is the “Truly Devious” kidnapping/murder that took place at the Ellingham Academy in 1936. When she got in touch with Ellingham Academy, she told them she wanted to go there so she could solve the “case of the century,” as some had called it. Shortly after arriving at Ellingham, strange things start happening and a student is murdered. Has “Truly Devious” returned? Stevie and her friends must dig into the past and the present to uncover the clues and try to solve this murder mystery.

Wizard for Hire

Wizard for Hire

By Obert Skye

When Ozzy was 7, life was close to perfect: he lived with his parents in a secluded cabin in the forest, filling his stomach with food from their large garden and his mind with stories from their large library. 

Life changed in an instant when, as Ozzy was down by the creek, his parents were kidnapped by large, angry men. Ozzy had to learn to survive on his own.

Fast forward 7 years.  Ozzy discovers two things that will change his life: a mechanical raven, Clark, that was invented by his father; and a newspaper ad that reads, “Wizard for hire,” and leads him to meet Labyrinth, or Rin for short.

Although Rin is nothing like the wizards that Ozzy has read about in his books, he hopes that whatever magic Rin controls will help him find out what happened to his parents, and hopefully bring them home.

What follows is an adventure that Ozzy never could have anticipated.  Was he wrong to trust Rin? Is there enough magic in the world to bring his parents home?

Verify (Verify, #1)


By Joelle Charbonneau

Meri’s life was changed when her mom suddenly died. Her father started drinking constantly, leaving Meri to fend for herself. Then on the last day of school she sees something she can’t believe; someone being arrested for having paper. Paper isn’t illegal, just very bad for the environment. Everything is digital now, but if you want to own paper, you can, as long as you pay the environmental tax that goes with it. The government has even set up recycling centers where you can take paper and get paid for it. Meri can’t stop thinking about the young man she saw arrested, so when she sees him again, she decides to follow him. When they meet, he shares secrets with her and tells her he was a hidden part of her mother’s life before she died. Meri soon realizes that “Just because you believe something, doesn’t make it true.”

To find these titles, stop by the Teen Room or your school library. Haven’t heard of one you might like? That’s okay; next time we’ll be talking about standalone titles.  If you don’t want to wait,  stop by the library for other recommendations!

Happy National Short Story Day!

Short stories are more direct and less detailed than novels and are usually fiction. They are closely related to spoken story-telling traditions. Did you know that a short story can be even be less than ten words? Here are some short stories to keep you entertained and help you celebrate today.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America – Edited By Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Black Enough features some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing today and is edited by the National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi. This collection contains captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America today.

The Pit and the Pendulum and other stories- By Edgar Allan Poe

This collection of short stories by Poe is a must for any horror fan. It includes introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout and annotations to historical connections.

The End and Other beginnings: Stories from the Future – By Veronica Roth

This collection includes six stories taking place in the future where every world is like no other. New technologies and beings with advanced capabilities must still deal with human problems. Including two new stories from the Carve the Mark series, this set is great for Roth’s old and new fans alike.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

This collection celebrating love has something for everyone. It includes nonfiction, fiction, and even a story in verse.

Look both ways : a tale told in ten blocks by Jason Reynolds


This set is made up of ten stories (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings. Each tale shows the funny side of the obstacles we all face in life.

Classic Reading Challenge

We are excited to announce a new reading challenge!

Read 12 “classic” books between 7th and 12th grade and you’ll get one of these sweet “Greatest First Lines of Literature” mugs.

How do I know if a book is a “classic” you say?

Here are the criteria it must meet:

  1. It expresses artistic quality.
  2. It stands the test of time.
  3. It has universal appeal.
  4. It is relevant to multiple generations.
  5. There is some consensus regarding its status.

Still not sure? Come down to the teen room and we’ll help you figure it out.

Want book suggestions? No problem. We’ve got lots of those, like The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird or The Catcher in the Rye or Frankenstien or The Invisible Man or Farenheit 451 or Slaughterhouse Five

We could go on and on. Just come on down to the teen room and ask us.

Do any classics you’ve already read count? Absolutely.

To sign up go to If you have trouble or need help, stop by or call the teen room at 307-687-9227.

Now say it with us…


2020-2021 Soaring Eagle Nominees

As the weather outside turns cold and snowy what better way to spend the afternoons and evenings then by curling up with a good book? Follow us over the next few weeks as we highlight books from the 2020-2021 Soaring Eagle Nominee list.

The Soaring Eagle Nominee list is a list of 10 books picked by teens, 7th-12th grader, in the state of Wyoming. These are titles that other teens have said are amazing and should be read. This year’s list includes nonfiction, novels in verse, realistic fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

Our first three are quick reads. Shout and Solo are novels in verse, meaning the story is told in poetry format. Game Changer is told through text messages, emails and script like dialog.



By Laurie Halse Anderson

Twenty years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a book. It was a book about Melinda, a 9th grader who is hated at her new high school because she called the police to an end-of-summer party.  Melinda, bullied and cast out, becomes unable to use her voice.  Only farther in the story do we learn the real reason she called the police, the real reason for her silence. Twenty years ago, Speak, a book about rape and its aftermath, offered teens who had experienced sexual assault a place where their pain was understood.

In Shout, Melinda becomes “me” as Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of her own rape at age 14, during a time when the culture blamed victims and exonerated the perpetrators. As the #MeToo movement has allowed women and men to speak about the unspeakable, Anderson adds her voice, this time in powerful, gut-searing verse, to their stories of shame.

But Anderson’s voice also trembles with rage, as she relays stories of her career as a writer, as the author who wrote “that book,” as her work is censored, and her speaking engagements cancelled because she speaks honestly with teens about sexual violence.  Through Anderson’s hard-hitting poetry, we learn that not much has changed since her own rape in the 1970’s, or even in the twenty years since Speak was published.



By Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Blade has it all. By material standards anyway. His family is rock and roll royalty with the mansion, cars and disposable income to back it up.

But when the ground he stands on is rocked to the core by betrayal, uncovered secrets and one too many unkept promises, Blade is left searching for something well beyond the material.

Float along on the rhythmic journey of this book in verse as Blade travels across the world and across his soul to find the things that aren’t really things that make life worth living. Be there when he realizes he really does have it all, not just by material standards.


Game Changer

By Tommy Greenwald

Walthorne Wildcats stick together: they win as a team and they lose as a team. Wildcats stand together no matter what, especially when one of their own falls into a coma after an injury at the football training camp. As Teddy’s family, team and community gather round him to support his recovery, the question comes up again and again; what really happened to Teddy that fateful day on the field?

Game Changer is a story told in multiple formats; dialogue, texts, articles, interviews and Teddy’s inner thoughts. Fans of football and sports will love reading about sticking together as a team and coming together when one of your own is hurt.


To find these titles, stop by the Teen Room or your school library. Haven’t heard of one you might like? That’s okay; next time we’ll be talking about series, or stop by the library and we can give you other recommendations!