Many of you will remember when the Tomball branch of Harris County Public Library (HCPL) joined with Lone Star College Tomball's academic library and opened a combined library building in 2005. At that time, Wendy Schneider, who had been a branch librarian at the Fairbanks and Kingwood branches, became the library's co-director. Schneider has served the public library since then, liaising with the people of Tomball through membership in the Chamber of Commerce, outreach to schools, community groups, and retirement centers, and through ever-expanding library services and programs.
On Thursday, April 26th, Schneider retired, ending a seven year relationship with Tomball branch and a nineteen year career with HCPL.
At her retirement party, HCPL Director, Rhoda Goldberg, noted that a hallmark of Schneider's career had been moving the library into the 21st century. Schneider expanded the technological services of the library by adding computers, electronic collections, and online services. When the economic downturn of 2009 created mass unemployment in the Tomball area, Schneider expanded the library's computer skills courses to get workers back into the job market. Responding to the changing demographics of Tomball, Schneider also expanded the library's Spanish language signage, services, programs, and English as a Second Language opportunities. Tomball branch staff particularly remember Schneider for her high standards of professionalism and customer service.
We will miss Wendy and we wish her well in her new life adventures.