Growing up as the daughter of a children’s librarian, Sarah Trover knows firsthand the delights of the popular community centers.
“The library has always been like my second home,” she said. “It was a very important part of my childhood.”
The family lived in Clinton, 12 miles north of Terre Haute, where Trover knew at an early age that “I wanted to work with children and I wanted to help people. I didn’t know right away that I wanted to be a librarian. I knew I loved working at the library, but I really thought I wanted to be a teacher.”
Trover spent the majority of her summers helping her mother, Stephanie Hoctor, in the library children’s department. “My mother just retired after 36 years of being a children’s librarian at the Clinton Public Library,” she said.
After graduating from South Vermillion High School in 2006, Trover chose to attend Indiana State, where her father Scott Watson had earned his degree in education. She continued to work at the Clinton Public Library while she attended Indiana State.
It was also at State that Trover became reacquainted with a young man she had met in high school, Edward Trover. “We had many art classes together at ISU, but we didn’t date until I was a junior in college,” she said.
After graduating from Indiana State in 2010, the newlyweds moved to Portland, Ore., so Edward could attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. While there, Sarah Trover worked as an art teacher at the Portland Children’s Museum, as well as being a nanny and instructional assistant at Cathedral School.
The couple returned to Indiana in September 2014 after an epic road trip through America’s great West. “We visited many national parks on our way — the Redwoods, Yellowstone, Crater Lake and the Badlands, to name a few,” Trover said. “Two days after we arrived back in Indiana, I started a new job at the Vigo County Public Library.”
Today, Trover is Youth Services Manager for the library in Terre Haute. “I love my position and being a part of the excitement at the Vigo County Public Library,” Trover said. “Expanding children’s perspectives and opening their minds to new possibilities is always central to our programming.”
Many exciting projects are under way at the library, Trover said. “We recently renovated the Youth Services department, so ages 0-12 have a new, beautiful facility. We also have a teen space that opened last spring for ages 12-19. I am so happy to be a part of an organization that works to make our wonderful city even better.”
Her four years at State were the springboard for her success, Trover said. “I felt entirely prepared for my future when I graduated from Indiana State. The hands-on experience I was given was invaluable.
In addition, Trover said, “My experiences and education from ISU directly affect my life daily. My art education degree and Dr. (Bradford) Venable’s valuable advice play a role in my decision-making as a manager. My education background has also been critical to understanding child development and age-appropriate activities, which are essential to working at the library.”
Trover also has other reasons for keeping close contact with her beloved university. Her high school junior sister, Lauren Watson, recently toured Indiana State to consider continuing her education at Trover’s alma mater. And Trover’s husband has returned to Indiana State, this time as a professor.
“Edward just began teaching a 3-D art course at ISU this semester, and we are so excited to start our next chapter with Indiana State,” she said. “I am so proud to be a Sycamore.”