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October 2010
Volume 2, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

National Reading Group month
October, 2010

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 17-23, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

Native American Heritage Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010

In Focus

In Focus: Quynn Verhelst

Meet the Administrative Assistant at the State Library

Quynn Verhelst

Hello! My name is Quynn, not to be confused with Wynne (who also works in the building) or pronounced Gwen. It’s Quynn, like in Quinn, SD. I once had a supervisor that called me that for four years, until she realized the correct way to pronounce it. Of course, I knew when she called me by my real name I was in trouble.

I was born and raised in Pierre. I was the only non-reader in my house growing up. My mom and my sister could read romance novels like there was no tomorrow. My dad would read his hunting/ fishing/gun magazines. I didn’t like reading, nothing caught my interest. It wasn’t until I started at the State Library that I started reading.*

After graduating from high school, I attended Mitchell Technical Institute and earned my AAS in Computer Systems Technology. I went on to work for Gateway in Sioux Falls as a Technical Support Professional (fancy title for someone who listens to people complain while trying to help fix a computer they can’t see). In July of 2002 I was hired at the State Library as a part-time staff assistant. My job consisted of answering the phones, mailings and compiling data in to spreadsheets. In 2004, I went back to school for my BS in Business Administration with a focus in Information Technology from Colorado Technical University Online. Online courses are tough, especially when you have multiple jobs AND a small child. You end up doing class/homework at 2 a.m. In March of 2004 I was promoted to Administrative Assistant.

The most important part of my life is my son, Dylan, who just started fifth grade. As of this year, he is also known as the official light bulb changer in my house, as he’s the tallest (not a major feat considering I am only 4’11.5”). He is into video games and Kyuki-do, which is a type of martial arts.

I like fishing (though I have never caught a fish), camping and motorcycles. I have my own bike and went to the Sturgis Bike Week for the first time this year, where I also got my first stitches… that’s a whole other story. I love Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, House of Night, Vampire Academy and Wicked Lovely series. My favorite movie is a toss-up between Pride and Prejudice, Reality Bites, and Romeo and Juliet. I bet you thought I was going to say Harry Potter or Twilight, huh…

*When I first started working at the library we created bibliographies for National Library Week and would publish a Staff Favorites List. When they asked if I had a “book report” they couldn’t believe that I didn’t read/didn’t like to read. So, like every library person, that just wouldn’t fly… one of the secretaries picked out a book for me, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I immediately fell in love with that series and with reading. I am now a Harry Potter geek. I went on to read other “Harry Potter-esque” books. Mostly, I stay within the YA genre. Thanks to Wynne (see above) I am also a Twi-hard. Vampires and wizards… what’s not to love?


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