Bowling at the ‘Brary
- In the Youth Wing of the library, Amy Lynn raises her hand to pull an on-screen bowling ball. She leans back and swings in for what looks like a sure strike – but a solitary pin remains standing on the large, wall-mounted screen.
- “She got robbed on that one,” says Robby Marsh.
- “Sure did,” agrees Delford Hill.
- “You’ll get it,” says Steve Whisenand.
- On her next roll, Amy knocks down the last pin for a spare, her friends cheer and she dances in victory while the xBox plays “Party Like It’s 1999.”
- Twice a week clients from Community Entry Services (CES), which empowers people with disabilities to lead independent, satisfying and productive lives, bowl with library staffer Steve Whisenand on an xBox Kinect or Wii game device.
- “We’ve been bowling for about three years,” says Amy. “I like to come to the library and to have fun with friends here, especially my boyfriend Delford.”
- The bowling group is full of laughter and even a few teens look up from playing Minecraft to smile at the players. Plus, there’s a lot more going on.
- Steve says that under the surface essential skills are being developed. “They’re using a lot of hand-eye coordination and motor skills to work the game,” he says. There’s evidence that playing “motion games” also helps develop coordination and balance. It may even encourage communication between the left and right brain, because it mixes physical and creative play.
- When David Dodge steps up his ball remains in the rack, but his friends jump in to help him position his arm to successfully grab the ball. Once it’s in his hand, he bowls a strike. “We like to help each other,” says Amy. “It feels good to help, and we always like to tease.”
- On Mondays, Steve also visits the CES offices where it’s likely that 15 or more bowlers, nearly all the organization’s clients, will show up to play, watch or join the crowd in cheering.
- One of the biggest bowling benefits that CES Lead Day-Hab Trainer Lianna Moskowitz has observed is, “the group’s amazing teamwork. They have different ability levels, but they really take care of each other. And, it’s fun to see a little competition.”
- Moskowitz says that bowling also exposes the clients to current technology, encouraging them to try new skills. “When the group started bowling most of them had never even held a remote. Now they step up and play with confidence,” she says.
- The library’s set up includes an 80-inch screen with xBox Kinect, funded through a contribution to Teton County Library Foundation by Harry W. Konkel. Since the station is located in the Teen area of the library’s Youth Wing, most use is restricted for those in 6th grade and up, with no sign up necessary.
- Whether you want to bowl, play Candyland or meet up for group gaming – the library stocks many kinds of games for all ages. Available gaming equipment includes board games in the Main and Youth Wings, infant and toddler games in the Early Literacy Room, children’s computer games available for sign up, and study rooms with various configurations of xBox, PS3 and Wii game stations. The Teen Media Room is also equipped with sound and video studio capabilities.
A Special Trip to the Library
My teddy bear “Be” went everywhere with me.Example,well…examples:preschool,the library,shopping,the dentist,the park and any where else I went.Even the bathroom.Be also liked to do the things I liked including reading books,brushing his “teeth”,and even trying on clothes.I loved Be.
One day,not to long ago.Be was in the washing machine,my babysitter was reading a book,and I was doing a puzzle,but because was only 3 or 4 the puzzle looked like an experiment gone wrong.
Christi (my babysitter)looked at me and said ,“Hey,how about a check on Be?“
I took no time to answer and jumped up and ran right to the home of the washing and drying machine.(AKA, the bathroom).
when I got into the bathroom I opened up the drying machine but to my horror be was not there..
“BE GONE,BE GONE” I started shouting.Christi just came in and laughed.
“Be is in the washing machine not the drying machine you silly nut.“
I scuttled over to the other machine and with great struggle opened up the heavy lid.But it was worth it, because there looking up at me with his patched up nose and black button eyes was Be.
I grabbed him and shot back to the living room,where I started dancing and doing acrobatics with him.Then I plunked myself down on the floor and and hugged him until my arms hurt.
Finally I noticed that be was super duper wet and that he had not taken a tumble in the dryer,but I did not care.
“Hey would you like to take a trip to the library ?“Christi asked as she was putting some books in a bag and setting them by the door.
“Sure!“ I replied excitedly,still clinging on to Be.
I gathered the things I wanted to bring and headed out to the car.when Christi saw what I was bringing(which was wet Be) she almost said something but just told me to get in the car.
When we arrived at the library, I jumped out of the car and tried to race to the door way with Be.But Christi stopped me,took Be out of my arms and plopped him back down in the car.I glared a at Christi,grabbed the wet bear and skipped all the way to the library doors.
Be and I spent more than an hour coloring,reading books,and playing with the puppets.We were having a great time.I bet Be liked the library trip more than I did.
Another half hour passed and a librarian came over and started putting books away.She looked over at Be and I with a surprised look on her face and I pointed at Be and simply said…“Be”. Then I went back to coloring.
Other kids at the library started eyeing Be and I suspiciously,but we went right about our business,reading and coloring.
It was time to go,so Be and I packed up and waved good bye to the puppets and the librarians and went home.
But that was not the last library trip Be and I had.To this day we still visit weekly and find new books to read and share with each other.Be still lives with me and has become a great reader.We both enjoy the library,and think the library can be even more fun when you have a best friend with you.
This is a TRUE story.
- Posted by MaryGrace on 06/22
From the log cabin on King Street, with its stuffed trumpeter swan, to the modern facility on Virginian Lane, the Teton County Library has nurtured and assisted my writing through the decades.
Teton County Librarians support, sustain, inform, assist and facilitate my creative output through my plays, screenplays, novels, poems and polemics.
The facilities have evolved, but the core conviction of support for reading and writing makes the Teton County Library the home I return to for most of my creative inspiration.
- Posted by Andrew on 06/18
I read a lot. Two to three books a week. Year-round. Before joining TC LIBRARY, I bought a lot of them. The library allows me to read this many without the expense, but also with the chance to make mistakes. Because there are so many books at this library, I find myself trying genres that I never before considered. Instead of being just an SF reader, I tried romance, historical fiction, current fiction, economics, politics, and more. What I didn’t like could be returned quickly. And now I am enjoying a far wider range of reading.
- Posted by victoria on 06/16
The TC librarians and staff have made the library a community hub by bringing worthwhile resources and programs to me and my child and always assisting us with a smile. My daughter loved storytime with Debbie and Gail, has been motivated by the summer reading program, and has been delighted by special guest visitors such as Markie the Puppeteer, the origami master, and Paul the magician. I benefited from last summer’s early literacy child development class for parents and appreciate the many resources for personal development available in the library, such as exercise dvds. We never hesitate to approach a librarian for reading ideas or program information because they always seem intensely interested in helping us and getting to know us.
- Posted by Sally on 06/15
The Teton County Library impacted my life greatly by giving me a safe, fun and resourceful environment to go after school. I would come to the library to do my homework, find books for school, and get novels for my own entertainment. When I desperately needed a book for a school project, sometimes it wasn’t at the Middle School Library. So I came to the TC Library and got the same book there. It has been a reliable, unique and entertaining place to explore. I participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program last year and it was very exciting for me to be motivated to read so that I could win the awesome prizes at the end. Not only did it make people read FOR the prizes, but it helped people realize that reading can be fun and showed them that they should do it more often to experience different worlds. My mom works there, and coming there after school in sixth grade was very warm and welcoming because I knew I would be able to see my mom after my tough day in middle school. Being the underdog in a new, big school isn’t always easy, and seeing my mom everyday made the rest of my week seem easy. The Library constantly helped me gather information and research topics for school, be entertained, and to always be motivated to read by providing what I believe to be the wonders of the world: books, for me to use. I am extremely grateful that we have such a wonderful and resourceful library here in Jackson, and with such kind, funny and helpful librarians to talk to. The Library has made and will hopefully continue making me appreciate the gift of education, and the privilege, power and knowledge that comes from reading itself.
- Posted by Mila on 06/13
From the time I could ride my bike, I was riding to the library to pick up the 4 books I was allowed to take out. Summer vacation involved a daily trip to the library. Winter time involved weekly walks to the library. Through friendships made and friendships broken, marriages and divorces, births and deaths, the library has always held the key to another world…a comfortable, adventurous, challenging, exotic world. They moved from King Street to their new location and I was initially dubious….but found the same comfort, adventure and exotic locales tucked away on the shelves. The library has been my refuge and my ticket to other worlds.
I love my library.
- Posted by Cindy on 06/12
I moved to Jackson Hole a few days after graduating from high school to work as a housekeeper. I didn’t have a computer or cell phone, so access to the internet through the library was a crucial link to home—especially when I was feeling homesick. I would bike there after work, anxious to check my email and stay connected with friends and family.
Eight years later, and with internet access at home, I still find myself drawn to the library whenever I have spare time. There are so few places in our world where you can find silence. The library is a peaceful haven of knowledge. My two-year-old daughter loves story time (especially getting a hand stamp) and exploring the early literacy room. I relish combing the shelves of the Book Nook and checking out books, CDs, and movies. I try not to miss a Page to the Podium event, and deeply appreciate the opportunity to hear authors speak in our community.
I echo Jorge Luis Borges who said: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.“
- Posted by Gina on 05/30
Library Fun & Games
- Games help us socialize, play and learn - plus, they’re just plain fun.
- Did you know that you can check out or use all of these games at the Library?
- • Board games in the Youth and Main Wings
- • Children’s Early Literacy Room with age-appropriate games
- • Children’s computers with Minecraft & links to online games by age category
- • Teen & Adult Study Rooms & TV, include various configurations with Wii, xBox & PS3
- • Teen Media Room with sound & video studio capabilities
- • Console games available for checkout