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Natrona County librarian honored Friday

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 7:53 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Natrona County librarian received the 2020 Outstanding Librarian Award from the Wyoming Library Association Friday.

Conrrado Saldivar got the award for his work this year.

“It’s pretty phenomenal. It’s really a humbling experience to have received this award,” Saldivar said. “Shows that not only that people are seeing what work I’m doing here at the library but also that it’s actually having an impact on the community at large.”

That work includes a number duties ranging from serving people at the reference desk to helping Spanish speakers comfortably navigate the Natrona County Library.

“They seek him out, not just because he speaks Spanish, but because the quality of his service is so thorough, kind and professional,” Natrona County Library Assistant Director Kate Mutch said.

Saldivar’s service doesn’t end with library patrons. When the building shut its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, he spent his days using the library’s 3D printer making masks and other personal protective equipment.

“Throughout the days that we were closed he had that 3D printer running continuously and helped make over 100 face masks and really made a difference,” Mutch said.

Saldivar said the most important thing is serving his community.

“I was born and raised here in Casper,” he said. “I know the community, I know the people who are coming in, I see how the help that we give them is going to help them.”

Saldivar has worked at the Natrona County Library for about 5 years. This is his first time winning the award.

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