BURNS is a tiny town in southern Wyoming surrounded by wheat fields and ranches….This town of just 300 people has a public library containing 11,500 books.And Burns is not the only town in Wyoming where there are readers.
The average Wyoming resident checked out nine books in 2005-06, compared with an average of five in California and two in Washington, DC.(Considering the shape of politics today, I’m not terribly surprised by the D.C. figures.)
The library in Cheyenne, Wyoming, has a third of a million volumes, meeting rooms, computer labs, book clubs for home-schooled children and teenagers, and a bookmobile.
In Laramie County, the librarians found out what the people wanted. And the people gave them the money - $27m in additional sales taxes. I like the Wyoming mind-set.
We usually go to Wyoming once a year, but missed our summer trip this time. I always check out the cowboys at Don King Days in Sheridan – and those guys must read a lot! Next time we go, I’m gonna visit the local library. Wonder if I can walk to it from The Mint Bar?