Westerns

I am writing this in the very fine new public library building in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I was speaking to the Wyoming Library Association conference this morning. I have been travelling this week, hence no posts. In the few minutes before the library closes ....

When I told the children I was coming to Cheyenne I realized that it did not have the same associations for them as it does for me. If I had an American schooling my associations would no doubt be different. But when I was sitting in Denver airport early this morning looking at flights to Cheyenne, Amarillo, or Dodge City my thoughts ran straight to the Westerns I saw when growing up.

I was surprised to discover a while ago that the children had never actually seen a western! We agreed we would look out for one on TV and watch it. The first we saw was in black and white. No way would they watch a movie in black and white ;-) It was soooo old. We never did manage to watch a full one ...

It is funny to think that these names do not have the same associations for them. It is also a reminder - if one was needed - of how different their cultural frame of reference is to mine at their age.

Comments: 2

Sep 14, 2007
Laura Crossett

Well, I grew up in the US and Western place names still sound like Westerns to me. I am from "back east" (as is anyone else from east of Cheyenne--in my case, Iowa). But I did grow up listening to my grandmother wax romantic about Hopalong Cassidy.

Sep 15, 2007
Cindy

I heard your presentation to the Wyoming librarians and the phrase "Discovery Happens Elsewhere" will stay with me. We have started blogging at my library but have very little traffic partially due to the blogs being hosted internally, so our webpage functions to 'bring people to the blog' but more effective uses would allow the blogs to bring people to the webpages. Loved the presentation but how do the non-decision makers in libraries get a voice that allows new ideas to be heard?