Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ray Dale

Craig Johnson visit serves as highlight of 2017 for BHC Library

Literary Junction
As the Christmas decorations come down and we slowly return to some semblance of order at the Big Horn County Library, I am finding myself thinking about the year of 2017.
 
While it didn’t actually start in 2017, but a couple of months before, we started using our ledge for displays reflecting the time of year and the response has been awesome. Patrons have told over and over how much they enjoy each new display, and I can tell you we have thoroughly enjoyed creating each one.
 
At the beginning of many months, Donelle comes into the office with a Grandin Road catalog and says, “Okay…here’s what I’m thinking…”
 
Wednesday mornings had us playing host to any number of preschool kids for story time, along with their parents. Angie had stories and crafts galore for the preschoolers. Angie and Donelle also took kids up to the dam and kayaking on the lake several times this summer. They all came back sunburned, exhausted and smiling from ear to ear.
 
The highlight of our year at the Big Horn County Library was, without a doubt, the visit made to us by bestselling author Craig Johnson. As many of you know, Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire series
of novels. He was here for a Sunday afternoon event, where he spoke about why he writes the kind of novels he does.
 
He spoke of his early years and told stories of the first novel, The Cold Dishand how it was helped along by a sheriff he met near his home in Wyoming. He took questions from the audience and I think everyone came away with an altogether new appreciation of his work.
 
He also brought with him the Walt Longmire products he sells on his website. Jackets, hats, belt buckles, coffee mugs and, of course, his books. His wife, who accompanied him, was in charge of what Johnson referred to as the “WaltMart.” The two of them were  so friendly and gracious, and it was a true pleasure having them at the library.
 
I also find myself looking ahead to the coming year of 2018. It was in 1918 that the cornerstone of the library was laid and so we will be celebrating our centennial. There will be events throughout the year, to be announced later, commemorating this event. I will remind everyone, however, of an event we have already announced, that being the visit of another author Tracie Peterson. She will be with us at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. We are very much looking forward to this event.
 
We at the library hope you had a wonderful 2017 and that you will have an even better 2018.
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