Hana Adam Shah participated in the Libraries Change Lives writing competition in the youth category. Her story portraying the library as an equitable space won her the third prize in the youth category.
Hana is from Wellington
I Feel Like I Belong in the Library
I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. Reading to me is fun, interesting and something relaxing to do. The library inspires me to read more widely and more often! Recently, I’ve come to the realisation that the library is not only a great place to read, but also a place to explore different worlds. When life is challenging or when I feel judged, the library always provides comfort. There is nothing like finding a comfortable spot and getting lost in a book. For a short period, the outside world does not exist. I am in another time, in another place, or on another planet.
When I come into the library, it doesn't matter who I am, where I came from, or what I look like. I feel welcome. I feel like I have company when there are other people reading too, even though we do not really interact. Librarians are always willing to help when I ask for it, and when I need time on my own they do not bother me.
The library is a great environment to study too. When I need a change of scenery to do homework, the library in where I go. It is also handy to have access to the internet when I want to look things up. I have a wide range of books at my fingertips when I need to read up on topics.
Overall, the library is like a second home to me. It is wonderful having access to so many different books, expanding my knowledge and imagination. I feel comfortable reading, hanging out, and doing homework at the library. I can be myself in the library, a place that gives me a break from the craziness of life.
Hana Adam Shah