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Longmire novel launches state reading program

Jun 18, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Residents in Fremont County will have the opportunity this year to participate in One Book Wyoming, a program designed to build community dialogue through books.

Fremont County Library System director Tracy Cook said the Wyoming State Library sponsors the program to encourage conversation between community members.

"Many years ago people started asking the question, 'What happens if everyone in a community reads the same book?'" Cook said. "Programs like One Book Wyoming came from this idea. The hope is that reading the same book builds community and promotes literacy, although the goals can vary per community and state."

For its inaugural year of the program, the Wyoming State Library picked "Spirit of Steamboat" by Craig Johnson. The book is part of Johnson's well-known series about fictional Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. The books also have inspired a television series on A&E.

The state library purchased the book for public libraries to share within their communities, Cook said.

"The Wyoming State Library is also helping libraries bring Craig Johnson to their communities by paying for his travel expenses," Cook said.

The author will visit Fremont County in July. On July 3, he will speak and sign books at the Riverton Branch Library, and on July 4, he will travel to Lander to sign and sell books after the parade in the caboose at Jaycee Park.

Central Wyoming College will host Johnson at noon July 25 for a talk and book signing in the library. The following day he will ride in Dubois's Day of the Cowboy parade and meet residents at a barbecue at the library. He also will speak at the Dubois VFW that evening.

Discussions

Libraries and other locations in Dubois, Lander, Riverton, Crowheart, Hudson, Fort Washakie and Shoshoni also will host book discussions as part of the program.

"I think the Wyoming State Library hopes to continue (the program)," Cook said. "This is the first one, and I'm sure it depends upon funding and how successful it is."

"Spirit of Steamboat" is available at local libraries and online as an audiobook and ebook. Several copies also are available for patrons to read at Bar 10 in Riverton.

For more information, contact a local library.

One Book Wyoming discussions

Crowheart

- TBD at Crowheart Library

Hudson

- 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Hudson Yablonski Memorial Library

Lander

- 7 p.m. July 8 at Lander Library

- 5:30 p.m. July 10 at Old Town Coffee

- 12:30 p.m. July 17 at Senior Citizen's Center

Riverton

- 6 p.m. June 24 at Riverton Branch Library

- 7 p.m. July 1 at Bar 10

- 7 p.m. July 17 at The Lapeyre Restaurant

- 11:30 a.m. July 23 at Central Wyoming College library

Shoshoni

- 4:30 p.m. July 24 at Shoshoni Library

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