Sheldon Freeman has been visiting the Helen Hall Library ever since she was a toddler. Fast-forward almost 20 years and now she’s the Teen Services Librarian. Get to know her story and how she decided to change her career path to get her dream job.
How did you become a Teen Services Librarian?
I’ve been working at the library a little over seven years. I started as a page, that’s someone that comes in and shelves the materials. This was a part-time job during my senior year of high school, but I ended up loving it so much that I changed my entire career path so I could get my master’s degree in Library Sciences.
You are very familiar with the library, when did you first come here?
I started coming here when I was about two and my mom would take me to story time. I’ve been here ever since then. My favorite event even now is the Holiday Open House. I also still have my certificates from the library’s summer reading programs that I participated in throughout the years.
Looking back now, did you ever imagine that you’d become a librarian?
I never imagined it, I don’t know why I didn’t but I should have! When I was little I had my personal library at home and I would have my brother check out books and then I would fine him when they were overdue (laughs). But what I didn’t know is that there’s a whole field around it.
What makes you so passionate about your job?
Growing up in League City is a big part of my life and coming to the library is also a big part of my life, so I feel devoted to the community to help give back a little bit so that all these kids will have the same experience that I did.
What do you consider interesting about your job?
Being a librarian is so much more than what people think it is. So many people think we’re just going to help you find books and then send you on your way, or that we just like to read. We do like to read, but there’s so much more to our job than that. We help people build skills, create community connections between people and we just help them overall through life from preschool to 100 years-old!
Any books you’d recommend?
My favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, but it's so difficult to narrow down all the books I would recommend! I had to, the top three books would be Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Maus by Art Spiegelman.