Final chapter closed for Sheila

Retiring librarian Sheila Harrison.
Retiring librarian Sheila Harrison.
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IT’S the end of a chapter for a popular Hartlepool librarian who is leaving after 25 years service.

Sheila Harrison started her career in libraries at the tender age of 18 when she landed a job at Middlesbrough Central Library.

When she was 21 she started work at the library in ICI, in Billingham, and then her and her husband Robert Harrison, 65, went on to have two children Elizabeth Hall, 38, and Catherine Harrison, 35.

She took about eight years off to care for the children and in 1988 re-launched her career with a job at the old Northgate Library, on the Headland, followed with a transfer to the Central Library, in York Road, and then the former Foggy Furze Library, in Stockton Road.

When Foggy Furze closed its doors, Sheila, 64, of Haswell Avenue, Hartlepool, moved to Owton Manor Library, in Owton Manor Lane.

But Sheila, who says she has read hundreds of books over the years, spent her last day at work yesterday after deciding that it was time to close the book on her working life.

Sheila, who is also a grandmother to Emily Hall, aged six, told the Mail: “It’s been a very happy time and the people I have worked with all this time have been lovely. We’re like a big family.

“I’ve also loved working with members of the public as well, and with books, I love books.

“I made the decision that the time has come for me to retire though and I’ll be spending more time with my family and my grandaughter who I look after two days a week.”