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Give Books: Gift List and Book Nook

Location: Book Nook

For the thinkers, dreamers and doers in your life: Give books!

As a thank you to library supporters (folks like you), Teton County Library Foundation, with help from library staff, has curated a list of recommended gifts for the book lovers in your life.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Writers at the Library, April 22, 2015)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quests for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Art and Design
Cover by Peter Mendelsund
Gale Gand’s Lunch! by Gale Gand
For Young Readers
Age 0-3

Biscuit Finds a Friend (My First I Can Read Book)  by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
imageAges 3-7
Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
Ages 7-9
Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
Ages 9-12
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Ages 12-14
The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Age 15+
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

See the full list at

The Friends Book Nook offers a wide variety of gently used books for sale - including more recent best sellers than you can believe. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a Book Nook volunteer as you browse the shelves for your favorite titles. Offerings span from fiction, biography, cookbooks and sports to politics and books for children and young adults. Spanish books are also available. Visit the Volunteer Picks shelf to see what neighbors are reading.

Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Learn More About Our Addition & Renovation

August 11, 2010

Have a Question About the Library Addition and Renovation?

Check out these opportunities to learn more about the library’s project on the August 17 SPET (Specific Purpose Excise Tax) ballot:

Check out the library’s website: anytime. Lots of info and short videos highlighting the library renovation and addition. See frequently asked questions about how the SPET works.

Stop by the library: See the library 3-D architectural model and plans booklet, material samples and other project information. Also check out the lobby SPET display about all 11 projects and the ballot with frequently asked questions about the SPET, absentee voting and polling locations.

Ask Us!: Feel free to ask us about our project or the Specific Purpose Excise Tax; we’d be delighted to answer your questions. 

Contact: Deb Adams, Library Director, 733-2164 ext. 128.

Library Friday Nights For Teens

Location: Library Main Room

6-8 p.m.
Grades 6 to 12. The library hosts teen gaming in a safe and social environment, emphasizing team play and civility. Bring your mad skillz for Call of Duty II.  Location: Library Main Room. Free. Teen Program Coordinator, Steve Whisenand, 733-2164 ext. 247, . In Spanish & English.

Alta Wednesday Storytime

Location: Alta Branch Library

imageAges 2 to 5. Every Wednesday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to join the Alta Branch Library for interactive stories, songs, arts and crafts. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, WY 83414. Free. 307-353-2505, .

Alta Library Book Club: One World, Many Stories

Location: Alta Branch Library

Meet the third Thursday of each month to discuss books exploring the myriad of cultures within the U.S. and around the world. New participants always welcome; no sign-up required. Members take turns bringing snacks. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, Wyoming. Free. 307-353-2505, .

Design Thinking Workshops

November 12, 2014
Location: Teen Wing

4:30 to 6 p.m.
For students in grades 6 through 12.

Participants may attend as many of the workshops as they are interested in, need no particular background or experience and do not need to register to participate.

Digital Fabrication: Tools and Techniques

3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines! Technology is becoming accessible to everyone, including you. Learn about where and how to use this equipment.

Installation: Pragmatics and Possibilities

The JHHS FabLab developed a project for the library’s Teen Wing, improving the space for everyone. Learn about their process and final product, and make your own design.

Building STEAM at Teton County Library
Design Thinking Workshops, facilitated by Jackson Hole Public Art (JHPA) Artist-in-Residence Bland Hoke, are the public component of Building STEAM, a collaboration between JHPA, pARTners and the Teton County School District. These workshops run parallel to Building STEAM’s first project, an installation in the Teen Wing of the library.

image“Design thinking,” explains Hoke, “is a problem-solving process that can be applied to many different situations or issues. It blends creativity with methods to dig deep into a problem space and uncover innovative solutions.”

With Building STEAM, Hoke, a native-Jacksonite and graduate of the MFA Transdisciplinary Design in the School of Design Strategies program at Parsons in New York City, has developed a curriculum for students in Jackson Hole High School’s Digital Fabrication Lab (FabLab), as well as associated projects that provide practical experience through the lens of public art. Students participate in the entire design process, from defining a problem, empathizing with users, ideating solutions and prototyping their ideas to delivering a final project.

imageThe Building STEAM project for Teton County Library is funded by the Teton County Library Foundation with support from: Walton Donor advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, a Center of Wonder C3 grant, Peter and Susan Ordway, and the Newton Family Foundation. Project administration provided by Jackson Hole Public Art.

Past Workshops

Design Thinking: Core Concepts
What is design thinking and what can it do for you? Learn about the JHHS FabLab and participate in developing your own designs.

Prototyping Process: Thinking Through Making

Prototyping ideas is a fun way to communicate concepts and designs. Experiment with techniques to test your ideas.

Cabin Fever Story Slam: Bad Idea

January 20, 2015

The Contest:
7:30 p.m. at Pinky G’s Pizzeria

Tell a true story, inspired by our theme “Bad Idea,“ without notes, in less than five minutes. Show up, throw your name in a hat, and we’ll select 10 storytellers at random. Storytellers, who take the stage, will earn a free slice of pizza plus a chance to win a gift certificate for an entire pie from sponsor Pinky G’s.

The Rules
Stories must be true
Told with no notes
Must incorporate the theme (Bad Idea)
Must be no longer than 5 minutes

Storytellers are judged on:
Sticking to the theme
Staying within the time limit
Having a conflict and resolution

How to Tell a Winning Story
Be forewarned:
Cabin Fever stories are told, not read. We love how the storyteller connects with the audience when there is no PAGE between them! Please know your story “by heart” but not by rote memorization. No notes, paper or cheat sheets allowed on stage.

Have some stakes
Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What do you stand to gain or lose? Why is what happens in the story important to you? If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story.

Start in the action
Have a great first line to set up the stakes or grab attention.

NOT THIS: “So I was thinking about climbing this mountain. But then I watched a little TV and made a snack and took a nap and my mom called and vented about her psoriasis then I did a little laundry and then I thought about it again and decided I’d climb the mountain later.”

YES THIS: “The mountain loomed before me. I had my hunting knife, some trail mix and snow boots. I had to make it to the little cabin and start a fire before sundown or freeze to death for sure.”

Steer clear of meandering endings
They kill a story! Your last line should be clear in your head before you start. Yes, bring the audience along with you as you contemplate what transpires in your story, but remember, you are driving the story, and must know the final destination.

Know your story well enough so you can have fun!

Watching you panic to think of the next memorized line is harrowing for the audience. Make an outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Trim the story to an outline, then practice, practice, practice out loud until you can tell the story without notes or prompts. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you’re at a dinner party, not a deposition.

No standup routines please
Cabin Fever LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

No rants:
Take up this anger issue with your therapist, or skip therapy and shape your anger into a story with some sort of resolution. (Stories = therapy!)

No essays:

Your eloquent musings are beautiful and look pretty on the page but unless you can make them gripping and set up stakes, they won’t work on stage.

Tips from The Moth.

Examples to watch:  (this example has some swear words)

Friends Home Page

Friends Book Nook Sales!
Own a Stieg Larsson?  Own a Wally Lamb?  Own an F. Scott Fitzgerald?

Visit the Friends Book Nook and purchase a work by your favorite author!

The Friends Book Nook, The Teton County Library Friends’ ongoing book sale is located in the lobby of the Library.

The Friends Book Nook offers a wide variety of gently used books for sale. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a Book Nook volunteer as you browse the shelves for your favorite titles. Offerings span from fiction, biography, cookbooks and sports to politics and books for children and young adults. Spanish books are also available. Visit the Volunteer Picks shelf to see what neighbors are reading.

Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Book Donations can be made at the Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane during regular library hours. Volunteers in the Friends Book Nook or staff at the library Main Desk can assist you with your book donations.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the Friends Book Nook. Please contact Community Programs Coordinator, Lokey Lytjen, 733-2164 ext. 255 or .