Hariklia Nicola participated in the Libraries Change Lives writing competition in the youth category. Her lovely story won her the second prize.
Hariklia is from Wellington.
Libraries Change Lives Story
How the library has changed my life, My name is Hariklia Nicola and I am a Year 8 at Evans Bay Intermediate.
This is my story about how the library has changed my life! The library has changed my life in many ways. I have been going to the Kilbirnie Library since I was 1 and a half years old, I still love going to the library to this day! The library to me is a place where I can get away from all the problems in society and just relax and read. I also go there to find my quiet place and do my homework.
I think one of the main ways that the library has changed my life is that I am able to meet new people and hang out with my friends from school. If I am not feeling 100%, I always have the library to go to! The library has taught me all about the different varieties of books (genres) in the world from sci-fi to Non-Fiction. Being in the library has changed the way I think and my knowledge has broadened into new places, which I never thought my thoughts would go!
The library also has played a big part as to why I read a lot of books. Having all those books to choose from can be nerve racking! By having signs and guides in the library makes finding a book so much easier! At Evans Bay Intermediate I was nominated as a Library Leader for my class (Room 5). In becoming a leader, I knew that I would need to step up. The library had a big influence on me being the best library leader I could be!
The library helps me through the school holidays when I am staying at my grandma’s house. My grandma lives all the way up in Mount Victoria with no Wi-Fi to do my homework. Going to the library with my iPad or with the laptop with free Wi-Fi at the library allows me to do my homework in an environment I like to spend time in. I will never stop going to the library, it is such a great place to be in!