Welcome to our series, #WHYoming.
We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?
For this week’s #WHYoming, I had a chance to talk with Lindsey Travis, the Assistant Library Director for the Sweetwater County Library System. Lindsey manages the Rock Springs Library and the Sweetwater County Library in Green River.
Lindsey and her family have been in Green River since 2010. They easily fell in love with the community and made Green River their home. She truly enjoys living in Sweetwater County and above all else, she said the people are what makes this community such a great place to live.
Lindsey, what is your role at the Sweetwater County Library System?
I have worked at the Sweetwater County Library System for seven years. My job title is Assistant Library Director. In this role, I manage the Rock Springs Library and the Green River library. I also oversee public relations for the library system.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy many things about my job: the people, outreach, collaborating with other organizations, encouraging reading, and finding new and innovative ways to deliver library services.
How did you get into your line of work?
I kind of fell into library work. I have a background in journalism and communications, so when the position of Public Relations Specialist for the library opened up seven years ago, I applied. I quickly realized that I loved working at the library and decided to pursue a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. I became a library manager in 2016 and then became Assistant Library Director in 2018 after I completed my degree.
How did you end up in Green River?
My family and I moved to Green River in 2010 for a job opportunity for my husband. We previously lived in the Salt Lake area and we were looking for a smaller community in which to raise our children. We moved to Green River and fell in love with the area.
What do you appreciate most about our community?
Definitely the people. I like that I run into people I know pretty much everywhere I go.
What are some of your hobbies?
Not surprisingly, I love to read. I’m typically reading more than one book at a time. I also love taking walks when the weather is nice and watching baseball (we’re Cubs fans in my house). I also work as a freelance editor and writer in my spare time.
If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?
Take the time to read. It’s relaxing, great for your mental health, and helps expand your understanding of the world.
Where are some of your favorite places to hang out in Sweetwater County?
One of my favorite places in Sweetwater County is the Green Belt in Green River. I take a lot of walks there when the weather is good. We have amazing views here that are different than anywhere else I have ever lived.
Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse, or drive a car?
I like to walk when the weather is nice. When it’s not, I would definitely rather drive a car.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Kate McKinnon. She may not look anything like me, but she can play anyone and I think a movie about my life would definitely be a comedy.
What would you sing at karaoke?
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. It’s a fun family favorite, and who doesn’t like to howl when singing?
How would your friends describe you?
That I’m sarcastic, kind and ambitious.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
Raising a couple of great kids with my husband of nearly 23 years.
Why do you choose to continue living in Wyoming?
We continue to live in Wyoming because it’s the first place we have truly felt at home. While I love to travel and see other parts of the country and the world, nothing is better than coming back home.