LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Rebecca Eller made a career out of her love for literature and writing as a television producer, but she gave that up to become a children's librarian at the Larchmont Library, where she gets to share her passion with children.
"I love the idea of helping people, not that you don't help people in television, but, helping people in a more hands on way, as a civil servant," said Eller, who graduated from the College of New Rochelle with degrees in english and psychology.
During college, the New Rochelle resident took an internship with CBS 48 Hours and was offered a full-time job as a researcher when she graduated. She would also work for NBC affiliate WPTV in Florida, the Associated Press and CBS affiliate WFSB in Hartford, C.T.
"From there, I came back to New York, and I decided that I wanted to go to school," said Eller, who realized television wasn't for her. "I had no life. It was grueling and stressful."
She considered either teaching or librarianship and, after taking a part-time job at the Larchmont Library in 2005, she just knew.
"From the minute I worked in the children's room, I knew I wanted to be a children's librarian because it was so much fun to see the kids and help them," she said.
Eller was hired full-time later that year and began her master's program at Queens College in 2006. She earned her degree in library science in December of 2008, when she was named children's librarian.
"Nothing about school can prepare you for the practical experience," Eller said. "It was great being able to work here and go to school at the same time, because I could apply what I was learning the next day, instead of having to wait until I graduated."
Although she chose the library over news, Eller has applied a lot of what she learned in journalism to her popular children's programs. While still in graduate school, the high-energy librarian began creating, organizing and sometimes even performing for her own programs, like Rhythm and Rhyme. She has had to limit registration for the weekly program to Larchmont patrons only because of the high demand and limited space.
Eller is always thinking of new ideas for children's programs. Her most recent invention was the stuffed animal sleepover, which had 67 sign-ups. Children left their stuffed animals in the library overnight, then picked them up the next day, along with photos of the mischief they got into. Eller compiled the pictures and created a video she posted to YouTube.
This is the best job in the world," Eller said. "I love coming to work every day and i love this community, and i love how much they value literacy. And it's been nothing but a pleasure working here."
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