• Investment business and family flourish with library support


  • When Alex Kastor needed a name for his new investment partnership firm, he turned to Teton County Librarian Adam Van Sickle. Kastor, whose father is Greek, wanted to link the name of his new investment partnership to his family heritage. So he looked to the library and our librarians to dig into the history of Phoenician enterprise.
  • “Adam was crucial in helping us,“ Kastor says. “He found a bunch of books and other research through library databases.“
  • Kastor discovered an intriguing history about the Phoenicians, who pooled investor funds to outfit boats, which then traveled the coast of Africa to buy silks and other goods. Upon return, the traders sold the goods and split the profits with their investors. “As it turns out, the Phoenicians 3,000 years ago were probably the inventors of investment partnerships,“ Kastor says. Through his library research, Kastor also landed on the ideal name for his company, Thisavros Management, LLC. The Greek word thisavros means “treasure” or “to enrich.“
  • Kastor already knew library staff well after spending many hours in library study rooms while he attained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation. “I camped out here from after work until they kicked me out,“ Kastor says with a smile.
  • Kastor and his wife, Dawn Tate, first used the library about 10 years ago during a visit to Jackson to see if they could find a place to live. They turned to the library for free internet access during their week-long house hunt. During that trip they signed a lease on an apartment and signed up for library cards.
  • Going to the library continues to be part of a weekly routine. Tate enjoys perusing the collection for books on hobbies from cooking to gardening. “Not that we actually garden, but we check out a lot of gardening books,“ she jokes. Likewise, Kastor says, “We have high aspirations to do a lot of things.“
  • Borrowing books for free allows them to investigate their aspirations without spending money on a hobby that may or may not take root, they say. They still buy books, too. Fans of the Library Friends biannual book sale, they even brought friends and family to the book sale, which coincided with the weekend they were married in Jackson.
  • Now that they have a new four-month-old daughter, Violet, the couple is tapping into the library’s collection of parenting resources. Tate is a fan of the library’s new digital magazine service, Zinio. With her library card number and pin, Tate can use Zinio to access online editions of any of the more than one hundred magazines that Wyoming libraries subscribe to in the state, including Parenting, Vegetarian Times and Ladies’ Home Journal. She can even read them from the comfort of her own home.
  • Kastor also continues to use the library to cultivate his new business, which invests in underappreciated, ignored and undervalued companies.
  • “We buy our companies like we buy our groceries,“ he says. “When the Whole Grocer has a two-for-one sale on tomato sauce we stock up. We think about buying our companies much the same way. When they’re on sale we stock up.“
  • Finding investment bargains takes research, and Kastor continues to use to the library as a resource. Through Interlibrary Loan, he can check out economic textbooks from the University of Wyoming’s vast finance collection for $1 each. Those textbooks often retail for $100.
  • Like his wife, he’s also taking advantage of digital magazines on Zinio, which allows him to freely download publications that cover financial topics. He also taps into in-house reference materials and library databases for economic stats and information on public companies.
  • “It’s just another source to use to look for that needle in the haystack, that diamond in the rough,“ says Kastor of those underappreciated investment opportunities just waiting to be unearthed.
  • To find out more about how you can unearth your own treasure with the library’s research services or digital magazine service Zinio or Youth Services, call 733-2164 or visit
  • Your Stories

  • 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
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