Your Turn

Your Turn/Kathleen Helsabeck

Posted: Oct. 13, 2019 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ...a teacher. Mrs. Martz said I had good cursive handwriting. Plus I loved playing school and being the teacher while my twin sisters were the students.

What would you rather be doing right now? Outside sitting in the sun reading or talking to my sisters.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... because my husband likes the Patriots, I've started to really enjoy watching football!

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Every step along this journey of life has been a blessing including my bachelor and master degrees. At this step now I'm most proud and honored to be the director of the library.

It really stinks when ... I'm disappointed by my own expectations because I have high expectations for myself and others. Working on that one.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Realist. I tend to live in the moment and deal with what is in front of me.

I always laugh when ... I'm watching any of the late night comedians or SNL.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne Frank because I was always fascinated by them when I read their books or about them and Brene Brown because I admire her courage.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... scroll through Facebook and fall asleep watching TV. Sometimes it's "Veep," and lately it's been "Crazy Ex Girlfriend."

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... studious.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Haven't been around many famous people. I rode in a plane with Sen. Kit Bond going to D.C.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go out to a nice dinner with my husband.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop working.

America should be more concerned about ... screen time for children. Books stimulate the brain in ways screens can't.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... I try to live pretty moderately, and I'm not a collector, but I can't help buying cute new loose leaf tea infusers when I see them.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook. I love to share pictures of my kids and connect with family and friends all over the country. Additionally, I also use it for news and articles about health, self help and info about libraries.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Growing up, my mom would say "variety is the spice of life." I'm usually not afraid of change and enjoy a wide variety of things like music and food.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... if I'm by myself, silence, NPR or a book on tape. I really enjoyed Amy Poehler's book the last time I had a long drive. If the kids are with me, kids' songs or a kid's book on tape.

I always get sentimental when ... my whole family would gather at my grandparents' house for the holidays.

The older I get, the more I realize ... there's so much more to learn.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... Nothing comes to mind. As an introvert, I try to analyze my actions and learn from mistakes to constantly improve.

My favorite item of clothing is ... cardigans. About 10 years ago, after a library conference in Chicago, I went shopping and bought a navy blue wool cardigan. I wear it about every day.

If I've learned anything at all ... Lately I'm learning that when I am focused on a goal, then it is easier to move forward.


Kathleen Helsabeck, 36, is the executive director at the Quincy Public Library and part-time organist at First Christian Church. Helsabeck grew up in Canton, Mo., married her high school sweetheart, Chris, and has two beautiful children, Nathaniel, 4, and Adeline, 2.