The judges are working through the fantastic entries to our Libraries change lives writing competition. Spot prize winner Leo Morley (age 12) shares how Katikati library changed his life.
My Library changed my life
My mum always took me to the public library after school once a week. I always moaned and cried because I just wanted to go home and lie in bed listening to music.
This is a true story about how I went from hating libraries and listening to music in bed to spending a lot of my time sitting on a sofa letting fascinating words flood my stressed mind. This is how it started…
My mum came to pick me up from Katikati primary on Thursday as usual. I dragged my tired body onto the cars soft leather seat and sighed as it rumbled down the main road to the library. Why do we have to waste time here, I thought to myself as I half slid and half fell out of the old Pajero.
Our mum told me to go and find something I liked while she helped my younger brother find a good book. I wandered over to the graphic novels and picked up a random Tintin book. I enjoyed looking at the pictures but never bothered with the words. I had just sat down in an old wooden chair when one of the librarians noticed how fast I was turning the pages. “Wow, you’re a fast reader” she said. I looked up. “I can barely read two words, I just like the pictures”. She came over and sat down beside me. “If you like I can teach you”. She sounded firm but kind. “Yes please” I replied. She pointed to a random word and said, “What is the first letter?” I thought for a second and then said, “T”. “And what sound does T make?.” We practiced this a few times then combined the different sounds together. “The” I said.
Ever since then I looked forward to going to the library. Soon I started reading chapter books in bed. I loved Books and the adventure in them.
So that is how I went from hating libraries to loving them.
Entries to the writing competition closed on 29 July 2016.