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(LIST) Here are all February events hosted by Laramie County Library System

Laramie County Library in the West Edge of Cheyenne (Lisa Hushbeck/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The following is a list of every Laramie County Library System event for the month of February, including events for the facilities in Burns and Pine Bluffs.

The library system will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19.

Cheyenne Library Branch

Exhibits and Special Events

Elementary School Art Show    
Jan. 31–March 5 — During library hours
Enjoy wonderful art created by K–6 students in Laramie County School District #1. Visit all three floors of the library to see the innovative wonders! (All Ages; All Floors)

LCLS Tech Garage Sale    
Feb. 26–27 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the market for a new computer? Looking for a deal on a gently-used device? Swing by LCLS’s Tech Garage Sale and walk away with a bargain on some high-quality tech! Supplies are limited, so come in early for the best selection. (All Ages; Cottonwood Room)

Youth & Family Events

Storytime at the Wyoming State Museum’s Family Day
Monday, Feb. 3 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We’re taking storytime to the museum! Head over to the Wyoming State Museum for their Family Day to participate in one of our early literacy storytimes and other fun activities. Visit the Wyoming State Museum’s website here to register for the event. This month’s Family Day theme is “Animal Athletes.” Our literacy storytimes will be at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (Children & Families; Wyoming State Museum–2301 Central Ave.)

Blind Date with a Book
Feb. 4–17 — During library hours                           
The purpose of Blind Dating a book is to read something you might not normally read. That’s why we have you choose based purely on the description alone. So, come blindly pick a book to read from the multiple choices that all celebrate the bonds of Friendship. Happy Palentine’s Day! (Grades K–6; Second Floor)

K–2 STEAM: Hearts
Tuesday, Feb. 6 — 4–5 p.m.
Children in grades K–2 can join us each month as we explore a variety of STEAM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) with crafts, games, experiments and more. This month, we’re exploring the human heart and other crafty Valentine’s Day related fun. (Grades K–2; Early Literacy Center)

Family Crafting: Valentine’s Day
Friday, Feb. 9 — 4–5:30 p.m.
Do you like crafts? Want to make something special for Valentine’s Day? Come join us and make a fun Valentine’s Day craft that you can keep for yourself or gift to others! (Children & Families; Early Literacy Center)

Celebration of Black Arts
Saturday, Feb. 10 — 4–5 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, come learn about the contributions of Black artists and musicians and try your hand at your own art projects and musical instruments. (All Ages; Cottonwood Room)

Tween Tasters
Tuesday, Feb. 13 — 6–7 p.m.
Children in grades 3–6 can join us each month for a fun food-related activity such as food-themed parties, taste-testing challenges, edible science experiments and more. This month, don’t let your taste for science fizz out with some special Valentine’s Day themed food experiments! (Grades 3–6/Ages 8–12; Early Literacy Center)

Sit, Stay, READ! Read to a Therapy Dog
Thursday, Feb. 15 — 4–5 p.m.
Everyone loves to hear a story, even our four-pawed friends! Come in to the library and practice reading aloud to one of our community’s therapy dogs. We know you’ll have a furry good time! This event is presented in partnership with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. (Grades K–6; Early Literacy Center)

Love Your Whole Self: Encouraging Healthy Racial Identity for Biracial and Multicultural Children
Thursday, Feb. 15 — 6–8 p.m.
Are you caring for biracial and/or multicultural children? Join us for a discussion about cultural preservation through storytelling to honor your heritage and roots while fostering healthy racial identity. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. (Adults, Parents, & Caregivers; Cottonwood Room)

Tween NERF Night
Friday, Feb. 16 — 5:30–8:15 p.m.
It’s game ON! Tween NERF Wars is back! We’ve got the guns and snacks, all we need is you and your friends. Choose between two sessions and sign up soon online because space is limited. A signed permission slip from a parent or guardian is required for this event. Be sure to come by the Ask Here desk on the second floor to get your permission slip so you can join the NERF fun! Be on time to this event; we can’t start without you! Session A will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., while Session B will be from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. (Grades 3–6/Ages 8–12; Cottonwood Room)

Cuentos y Amigos (Spanish Storytime)
Wednesday, Feb. 21; Miércoles, 21 febrero — 6–7 p.m.
Join us for a special Spanish/English storytime in collaboration with CHISPA. Come enjoy special stories, songs, snacks, and a craft in Spanish and English! Our theme this month is “Love and Friendship.”
Presentaremos una hora de cuentos en español. ¡Disfrute de cuentos especiales, canciones, meriendas y manualidades – en español y en inglés! Nuestro tema este mes será “Amor y Amistad.” (Children & Families/niños y familias; Early Literacy Center)

Family Karaoke
Tuesday, Feb. 27 — 6–7 p.m.
Sing your hearts out with an evening of karaoke fun with a variety of musical selections for the whole family! (Children & Families; Early Literacy Center)

Monthly Early Literacy Classes and Early Literacy Center Events

ELC Information:

  • Letters of the Month: K/L
  • Number of the Month: 12
  • Color of the Month: Purple
  • StoryWalk Title of the Month: “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

Early Literacy Class Themes

  • Week of Feb. 6: Family
  • Week of Feb. 13: Down by the Pond
  • Week of Feb. 20: Zoo Stories
  • Week of Feb. 27: Strike up the Band

Ready Readers
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21 & 28; Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 29 — 10:15–10:45 a.m.
Do you have a preschooler who will be going to kindergarten next year? Come join us! We will be reading books, singing songs, working on fine motor skills and more to help get your child ready to jump into school! This event is designed for preschoolers going into kindergarten in the fall of 2024. (Ages 4–5; Sage Room)

Tales Together
Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27; Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21 & 28; Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 29 —10:15–10:45 a.m.
Join us for an interactive early literacy class for preschool children and their caregivers. Practice new skills incorporating books, songs, rhymes, movement and more! (Ages 18 Months – 5 Years; Early Literacy Center)

Book Babies 
Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23 — 10:15–11 a.m.
Join us for a short early literacy class designed just for babies and their caregivers! Enjoy books, songs, lap bounces and rhymes! Afterwards, babies can play with our educational toys while caregivers visit. (Ages Birth – 24 Months; Early Literacy Center)

Black History Month Interactive Storytime
Saturday, Feb. 10 — 10:15–11 a.m.                                                                                            
Join us for an interactive storytime celebrating Black History and heritage. Join community members in a celebration of the artistic contributions from African Americans through story, song, dance, and arts and crafts. (Children & Families; Early Literacy Center)

Yoga Together
Feb. 14 & 17 — 10:15–10:45 a.m.
Come and experience stories, stretching and fun with a special early literacy class. This month’s theme is “Love and Friendship.” (Ages 18 Months – 5 Years; Cottonwood Room on Feb. 14 & Early Literacy Center on Feb. 17)

Play Together 
Thursday, Feb. 22 — 10:15–11 a.m.
Come enjoy a few stories on “Blocks and Building,” then play together with our giant collection of blocks! We will have fun prompts on getting the most out of block play. (Ages 18 Months – 5 Years; Early Literacy Center)

Teen Events

Blind Date with a Book
Feb. 5–18 — Library Hours                           
Get dressed up, make a reservation for your comfiest space and go on a Valentine’s blind date with a book! Books will be wrapped and have a brief explanation of what they are about, but it is up to you to decide to take the leap into its pages! Grab one and experience something new! *Dressing up not actually required* (Teens; Second Floor)

Love your Whole Self: Racial Identity Discussion for Biracial and Multicultural Children
Thursday, Feb. 8 — 6–8 p.m.                                                                                            
Are you biracial or multicultural and sometimes feel as if you don’t belong to one group or the other? Do you have questions about your racial or cultural background or want to connect with others on your experiences? Join us for a tween and teen discussion over dinner with community members. (Ages 11–19; Teen Lounge)

Gamers Unite!
Friday, Feb. 9 — 3–5 p.m.                                                                                            
Come and play some fun games with friends! We could be brawling with “Super Smash Bros.” or racing to the finish with “Mario Kart.” You never know what will happen, but you can count on a good time! (Teens; Sage Room)

Teen 3D Printing Class
Saturday, Feb. 10 — 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Interested in learning 3D printing? Local teen and 3D printing expert Brydon Turner will be here to teach you the process of making your own 3D printed items! Come and make some fun 3D-printed projects with us! Spaces are limited, so click here to reserve your spot! (Teens; Computer Classroom)

Teen Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 15 — 4–5 p.m.                                                                                            
A twist on book clubs: read ANY teen/young adult book and come in to discuss it! You will have a chance to expand your reading list and explain why you loved the book you chose. Learn about new genres, authors, and topics that you never thought about before! (Teens; Sage Room)

Saturdays, Feb. 17 & 24 — 35 p.m.
What is Dungeons & Dragons? Interactive storytelling at its finest — and you’re the hero! This month, we are starting a new adventure: “The Vicious Visions of the Vampire Vemple.” Feb. 17 will be “Session 0,” where we will teach you about character creation, using spells, how to play the game, and more! On Feb. 24, the adventure will begin! Drop by with your character sheets or pick from our premade ones. Our game is dynamic, so no commitment or experience necessary. (Teens; Sage Room)

Teen Crafting: Personalized Phone Grips
Wednesday, Feb. 21 — 3–4:30 p.m.
A picture of your pet, your family, your favorite book or TV show; all options for your personalized phone grip! Bring in a circular, 1.5-inch photo or cut one out from our collection of magazines. Get creative! Supplies and seats are limited, so visit here to reserve your spot! (Teens; Sage Room)

Tuesday, Feb. 27; 3–4 p.m.                                                                                            
Want to have a say in teen events and services at the library? We want your input! Come and join us for our ongoing VolunTeens Board. We will discuss what we like about the library and brainstorm new ideas for additional events and services. Spaces are limited so reserve your seat here. (Teens; Sage Room)

Adult Events

Lunch & Learn: ChatGPT
Thursday, Feb. 8 — 12–1 p.m.
Back by request! Every day there are new stories about artificial intelligence (AI)–generated content. ChatGPT was introduced on Nov. 30 and amassed one million users within five days, and a user base of 100 million in two months. Join longtime STEM educator Dr. Keren Meister-Emerich as she explains why over one billion people use ChatGPT, and the benefits and downfalls of AI. (Adults; Cottonwood Room)

Movies for Mindful Aging: Casablanca   
Friday, Feb. 9 — 1:30–4:30 p.m.                                                                                            
Join us for a viewing of the enduring, classic love story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in “Casablanca” (PG, 1942). Set in the Nazi-occupied port city of Casablanca, Rick Blaine must choose to remain uninvolved in the ravages of World War II or become a hero to the woman he loves and the world that needs him. Refreshments and popcorn provided. Optional chair yoga at the start of the event and discussion to follow the movie. (Adults; Cottonwood Room)

Adult Craft Night: V-Day Paint ‘n Sip
Feb. 13-14 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.                                                                                            
It’s a Valentine’s Day night out for you and your favorite crafting partner! Join us for an adults-only, fun and easy paint-along accompanied by a yummy hot cocoa bar! We are offering two evenings of Paint ‘n Sip fun, so choose one and visit the library’s website to reserve your spot. Adults 18 and older only. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Chair Yoga: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Wednesdays, Feb. 14 & 28 — 1:30–2:30 p.m.                                                                                            
Cheyenne, let’s keep moving! Join us for gentle Chair Yoga with Toni Brannan from Blossom Yoga Studio every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. We will practice yoga while seated or standing for 45 minutes. Afterward, participants are invited to share an inspiring literature-related item: a gratitude, a poignant poem, a favorite quote. Perhaps you would like to share a recipe? All equipment provided. No prior yoga experience needed. (Adults; Cottonwood Room)

Love Your Whole Self: Encouraging Healthy Racial Identity for Biracial and Multicultural Children
Thursday, Feb. 15 — 6–8 p.m.
Are you caring for biracial and/or multicultural children? Join us for a discussion about cultural preservation through storytelling to honor your heritage and roots while fostering healthy racial identity. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. (Adults, Parents, & Caregivers; Cottonwood Room)

Classic Conversations: Lunch & Learn
Friday, Feb. 16 — noon to 1 p.m.                                                                                           
Join Maestro William Intriligator and guest artists Gina Johnson, Derek McDonald, and Beth Vanderborgh for an informal and entertaining discussion including musical insights about the concert on Feb. 17. Patrons may attend the event in the Cottonwood Room or view the livestream on the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra Facebook page. (Adults; Cottonwood Room)

Random Acts of (Crafty) Kindness
Saturday, Feb. 17 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.                                                                                            
Stop in and help make fleece blankets that will be donated to a local charity. (Adults; Willow Room)

DNA Genealogy
Saturday, Feb. 17
10:15–11:45 a.m.                                                                                            
Have you recently submitted a DNA genealogy test and are perplexed by the results? Are you interested in how a DNA genealogy test can help you with your family history research? Join us for a virtual exploration of current tests from several companies and go beyond the ethnicity percentages to learn how to use your distant cousin matches to help you find your ancestors. (Adults; Sage Room)

Laramie County Seed Library: Beginning Gardening
Thursday, Feb. 22 — 7–8:30 p.m.                                                                                            
Jessica Friis, horticulturist at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, will explain how to grow your own vegetables from seed, including appropriate planting times and varieties best suited to Cheyenne’s growing season. Gardening in Cheyenne is not easy, but with a few tips and a lot of persistence, you can harvest your own delicious produce! (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Library for All
Friday, Feb. 23 — 12:30–2 p.m.
Welcome to our program geared specifically toward adults with disabilities! Join us for crafts, science and LEGO fun! Bring your staff with you. (Teens & Adults; Cottonwood Room)

Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, Feb. 27 — 6–7:30 p.m.
Join us this February in reading “Hamnet,” Maggie O’Farrell’s enchanting re-imagination of Shakespeare’s family life before, during, and after his rise to fame as the world’s most well-known playwright. A limited number of books are available; visit the third-floor Ask Here desk to check out a copy while supplies last! (Adults; Windflower Room)

Library to Business Events

Taxpayer Advocate Service: Problem-Solving Day
Thursday, Feb. 1 — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will be available throughout the day to educate taxpayers on filing accurate tax returns, to provide refund timing information, and to inform taxpayers about self-help tools as well as resources for checking refund statuses. TAS can also assist individuals and small businesses with tax issues they have not been able to resolve with the IRS. Take advantage of this free service and drop in anytime during the event for personalized, step-by-step guidance. (Adults; Willow Room)

Podcasting for your Small Business
Thursday, Feb. 15 — 6–7 p.m.
Should you start a podcast for your small business? How would you do it? What if you don’t have the right equipment? Explore how you can leverage your business promotion with a podcast. Be sure to take a tour of The Studio and see the podcasting station provided by the library — FREE with your library card! Only 10 seats are available, so click here today to reserve your spot. Sponsored by the Wyoming Community Navigator program. (Adults; Sunflower Room)

Burns Branch Library Events

Carnival Games
Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 — 3–6 p.m.
Join us at the Burns Branch Library every Thursday this month from 3–6 p.m. for a different carnival-themed game. For every event you participate in, you will have the chance to earn tickets. We will do a drawing at the end of the month for prizes! (Children & Families; Burns Branch Library)
Games by week:

  • Feb. 1: Ring Toss Challenge
  • Feb. 8: Balloon Cup Launchers
  • Feb. 15: Long Jump Contest
  • Feb. 22: Bean Bag Toss
  • Feb. 29: Putt-Putt for Points

Friday Matinee
Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23 — 1–3 p.m.
Come to the Burns Branch Library each Friday to watch a family-friendly film. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks; we’ll provide the popcorn! (All Ages; Burns Branch Library)
Movies by week:

  • Feb. 2: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (PG)
  • Feb. 9: “The Magician’s Elephant” (PG)
  • Feb. 16: “Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: The Movie” (PG)
  • Feb. 23: “Spy Kids: Armageddon” (PG)

Make it Mondays
Mondays, Feb. 5, 12 & 26 — 1–5 p.m.
Get crafty at the Burns Library every Monday afternoon! (All Ages; Burns Branch Library)
Crafts by week:

  • Feb. 5: Hand Print Heart Tree
  • Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day Cards
  • Feb. 26: “The Pigeon”

Valentine’s Day Cards
Feb. 6–13 — During library hours
It’s the season of love! Come make your Valentine’s Day card at the library, any time all week long! Supplies will be provided. (All Ages; Burns Branch Library)

Dinner & a Book Club
Tuesday, Feb. 20 — 5:30–7 p.m.
Join us for a lively discussion of this month’s book: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.
Overview: “The Midnight Library” follows the life of Nora Seed, who finds herself in the library between life and death with the opportunity to try out alternative versions of her life and find the one where she truly belongs. Bring a dish to share potluck style.
Call the Burns Branch Library at 307-547-2249 or visit with staff for more information. (Adults; Burns Branch Library)

Teen Paint Party
Tuesday, Feb. 27 — 5:30–7 p.m.
It’s abstract painting night at the Burns Branch Library! Come get artsy with your friends for a teenagers ONLY night out! There will be music and a sweet treat! (Teens; Burns Branch Library)

Pine Bluffs Library Branch Events

Blind Date with a Book
Feb. 1–29 — During library hours                           
Visit the library to check out your next blind date…with a book! Each mystery book is described with only its first line and you decide which one strikes your fancy. Be sure to complete the “rate your date” card found inside the book and return it to the library to be entered into a prize drawing which will be held at the end of the month! (Teens, Adults; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

Storywalk: “Stack the Cats”
Feb. 1–29 — During library hours                           
A StoryWalk is a different way to experience a book! Exercise your body and your imagination as you follow interactive panels displayed throughout the library featuring the story, “Stack the Cats” by Susie Ghahremani. (Children & Families; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

Fun for Kids!
Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 — 10–10:45 a.m.
Join us for an interactive storytime session to promote early literacy through books, songs, puppets, crafts, and much more! (Pre-K & Families; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)
Themes by week:

  • Feb. 1: Snowmen
  • Feb. 8: Space
  • Feb. 15: Bath and Bedtime
  • Feb. 22: Family
  • Feb. 29: Down by the Pond

Friday Matinee
Fridays, Feb. 2 & 16 — 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Spend your Friday afternoons at the library watching a family-friendly matinee. Each week will feature a different movie. Bring a favorite snack and enjoy the show! (Children & Families; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)
Movies by week:

  • Feb. 2: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (PG)
  • Feb. 16: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (PG)

Paint & Sip Party: Abstract Heart
Saturday, Feb. 3 — 12:30–1:30 p.m.                         
Join us for a relaxing and fun event as we use acrylic paint to create beautiful abstract hearts that you can personalize. A sweet and refreshing beverage will be provided. Space is limited to 15 participants, so sign up before Feb. 2 by visiting the Pine Bluffs Branch Library or calling 307-245-3646. (Teens, Adults; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

Craftastic Tuesdays
Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27 — 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Get crafty at the library! Make and take home a heart doily snail card or a chalk art heart and surprise someone you love. (All Ages; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

STEAM at the Library
Fridays, Feb. 9 & 23 — 1:30–2:30 p.m.                            
Come to the library for an afternoon of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) exploration with a cool activity. This month, we will explore physics, engineering and math as we create balloon rocket launchers on Feb. 9 and candy towers on Feb. 23. (Grades 3–6; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

Lunch Bunch Book Club
Saturday, Feb. 17 — noon to 1 p.m.
Join us for an exciting discussion of “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann as we enjoy a potluck lunch. Coffee, tea and lemonade will be provided. For more information, call the Pine Bluffs Branch Library at 307-245-3646 or visit with staff. (Adults; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)

Adult Crafting Circle
Wednesday, Feb. 21 — 1–4 p.m.                                       
Seniors, retired adults and bird watching enthusiasts are welcome to drop in the library to create a bird feeder to celebrate National Bird Feeding Month. Have fun watching all the feathered friends that may visit your backyard creation! (Adults; Pine Bluffs Branch Library)