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Maria Wenzel is the new Rawlins Branch Manager for Carbon County Library System. Originally from Mexico city, Maria arrived in Wyoming after living in the Houston area for the last six years where she put in practice the knowledge gained from her Project Management Program (PMP) certification in leadership and management. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from National Autonomous University of Mexico, and loves to utilize her creative side when possible. She loves to inspire others and lead by example.
Linda Rae Waggener of Laramie died September 12, 2020, following a long journey with cancer. She was 55. Linda was a Senior Library Assistant at the University of Wyoming Libraries. She began her library career in high school as a page at the Sweetwater County Library. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston (now Simmons University) in January 1991. Read her full obituary. While being treated in 2019 for late-stage cancer, Linda earned a master’s degree in American studies at UW, doing extensive research on Wyoming’s Carnegie libraries.
The Fremont County Library System is mourning the death of former librarian Georgia Nations. Georgia and her daughter Kristi Dowers were both killed in vehicle crash on October 1. Georgia retired in 2014 after working 36½ years at the Lander Library. “She truly invested herself in the library through hard work, excellent customer service, and diligence in finding resources for patrons,” FCLS Interim Director Anita Marple, “It was not uncommon for her to race out to a patron’s car if she found one more book to meet their reference need! We will always remember and appreciate the mark Georgia left on our library and community.”