Presiding: Jaime Stine
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving:
Professor’s Quote: Jenny Eisenhauer
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests:
Exchange Students:
Visiting Rotarians:
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA:
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing:
O’Dwyers Drawing:
Rotarian of the Week: Nicole Hauser nominated Anita McLaughlin for taking on the role of secretary.
Program: Albany County Public Library Foundation, Caitlin White
Introduction: Nicole Hauser
In 1870, Albany County Public Library started as a subscription library, meaning it was a service with a membership cost. The library was started by the Wyoming Library & Literary Association and contained 1,000 volumes.
ACPL is older than the state of Wyoming. ACPL was chartered in 1887. It was one of the first county library systems in America. In 1905, the Carnegie Library opened as ACPL’s first official building.
In 1981, ACPL moved to its current building. To move the collection, Laramie residents formed the infamous book chain and passed every item down Grand into the new building.
ACPL has a fiscal year budget of about $1.2 million. The majority of this budget comes from Albany County.
ACPL has 20 staff members. The library staff is a highly educated and experienced group.
While ACPL is very fortunate to have this funding, it still ranks as one of the poorest county libraries in the state. This leads to a need for additional funds. The remaining budget is raised by the ACPL Foundation and Friends of the Library.
ACPL owns more than 101,000 items across three branches and has a materials budget of $60,000-$70,000, depending on the year. While this may seem like a hefty budget for items, it is actually quite low for a library of our size. This is an area the library could use additional support.
All programs are provided for free. The ACPL Foundation provides the entire programming budget for the library.
ACPL hosts over 900 all ages programs per year. That includes between 6-8 story times for babies and children on a weekly basis.
ACPL offers a plethora of technology options. We have 26 computer terminals. The library also has specific computers for kids and teens. ACPL sees on average 1,500 computer uses each month.
The ACPL Foundation supports the library with an annual disbursement and then as-needed funding for projects and emergencies. Each fiscal year the ACPL Foundation’s minimal goal is $60,000 to the library. In actuality, we are normally closer to providing $100,000 a year to the library across many purposes.
Each year the Foundation hosts several outreach and fundraising events. The largest event to date was in 2017 when ACPLF hosted the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition. In 2018, the organization celebrated the its 40th anniversary. ACPLF engages in partnerships on behalf of the library. For example, ACPLF partnered with Laramie Public Art to commission two interior murals.
ACPL is part of a statewide consortium with other libraries. While ILLs are predominantly done within the state, ACPL can also send for materials from any library listed in the system. ACPL has worked on ILLs from Turkey and England to get patrons what they need.
With the High Plains Seed Library you can “borrow” vegetable, herbs, and flower seeds. This is an effort to help reduce food insecurities in Albany County.
ACPL offers homebound and older adult book delivery. The library visits older adult living facilities, as well as people who cannot make it to the library.
The library has two rooms available for rent. The large meeting room and a small conference room. Neither of these are currently available to rent because of the pandemic.
The WY Room houses all historical items for the state, Albany County, and Laramie. This is a great room for research. ACPL has genealogy resources and partners with the Albany County Genealogical Society to offer weekly one-on-one genealogy help.
Response: Jaime Stine
Rotary 4-way test
Of the things we think, say, or do
•Is it the Truth?
•Is it Fair?
•Will it build Good Will and
  Better Friendships?
•Will it be Beneficial to All    
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
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Spoke Editor: Caitlin White, 307-630-1965,