Research Desk

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Teton County Library

Research Desk, 307-733-2164 x110

Current trivia question:

Q:What is the oldest (longest in publication) picture book in our collection, and what year was it published?

Answer: Our longest-published picture book is Millions of Cats, a Newbery Honor winner, by Wanda Ga'g (pictured above). It tells the story of a very old couple who are lonely, until the man goes in search of a kitten and finds -- you guessed it -- millions of cats!

The rest of our top-10 oldest picture books are:

  • Ask Mr. Bear, 1932
  • The ABC Bunny, 1933 (also by Wanda Ga'g)
  • The Story About Ping, 1933
  • The Story of Babar, the Elephant, 1933
  • The Story of Ferdinand, 1936
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938
  • Babar and His Children, 1938
  • Blaze and the Forest Fire, 1938
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, 1939

If you're looking for picture book recommendations, the Youth Desk can help!  Or click on the Personal Librarian link below.

Research Questions

Looking for a local news article from 1984 to help solve a family mystery? Trying to make an informed choice for your next mattress? Need a stack of books pulled to help you put together an anti-inflammatory diet? We're on it! The research team can help you find trustworthy resources to answer life's burning questions. Email us at

School Projects

Your history teacher just assigned you a research project that's worth a third of your grade.  Don't panic!  The research team can steer you toward reliable resources that will support your thesis and help you ace the assignment. Appointments available for one-on-one or group help.

Teachers! Bring your students to the library for a tour of the collection and some pointers on how to do research using library databases. 

Personal Librarian

Looking for your next great read? Your Personal Librarian can suggest a list of books for you to try. Click here to get started.