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Whitehurst is new Pasquotank librarian

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Kellen Whitehurst, a Perquimans County native and former librarian for Roanoke-Chowan Community College, is the new director of the Pasquotank County Library. He succeeds Jackie King who retired in June.

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Friday, July 19, 2019

A Perquimans County native and former librarian for Roanoke-Chowan Community College is the new director of the Pasquotank County Library.

Kellen Whitehurst, 32, started his new job on Monday. He takes over for Jackie King, who retired last month after 13 years at the library.

Whitehurst, who holds a master’s degree in library science from East Carolina University, explained libraries help enrich the lives of people from many walks of life. He welcomed the chance to work for a larger library such as Pasquotank’s.

“Something about this place said, ‘oh, this has got to be a great place to work,’” he said earlier this week.

Whitehurst said he previously worked for almost two years as a library specialist for Roanoke-Chowan Community College, and worked seven years before that as a library technician for the Perquimans County Library. He also noted he was born and raised in Perquimans.

Whitehurst said he wants to become well-embedded and well-known in the community, so people know their “library man,” and continue the Pasquotank Library’s diverse services. The library offers not only an array of fiction and non-fiction books, but works in numerous media and various online resources, including eBooks, a free streaming music service, and online learning resources for school kids.

Beyond that, Whitehurst joked he’s a simple man, summing himself up as a married father of three who likes the Dallas Cowboys and doughnuts.

King declined to be interviewed for this story, according to Jonathan Wark, director of the East Albemarle Regional Library, the system that includes the Pasquotank library.

However, Wark shared that King had reached retirement age, and gave notice in May that she planned to step down.

“I would have loved for her to stay on,” Wark said.

In praising her work, he said King did a lot of community outreach and “worked tirelessly,” and successfully, to get the library a new bookmobile.