We’re proud to announce that the winners in our Public libraries change lives competition have been decided. The web and social media competition ran during July and August and we hoped it would encourage stories that demonstrated the amazing power public libraries have to change and enrich people’s lives.
The winners in the youth category were:
- First prize Samantha Romjin
- Second prize: Hariklia Nicola
- Third prize: Hanah Adam Shah
- Nadia Adam shah
- Natalie Guldberg
The winners in the Adult category were:
- First prize: Susan Williams
- Second prize: Kaushiki Roy
- Third prize: Mahadevappa Rajeshwari
- John MacTaggart
- Bianca Potgieter
“We were thrilled to receive so many stories that showed how public libraries change lives in communities across New Zealand every day,” says our Executive Director Tim Antric.“They connect the lonely, help people find homes and jobs, and encourage a love of reading and learning in the young and old. The stories, sometimes deeply personal, were heart-warming to read.”
One of the aims of the competition was to help us understand what people want in their communities so public libraries could adjust their focus for the future and become more of a hub of services – not just somewhere to borrow books.
“And the stories made it abundantly clear that this is something that is already happening,” Antric says.
A panel of judges selected the top stories in each category which were then shared for two weeks of pubic voting through our Facebook page
to decide the winners. The first prize winner in the adult category received prizes valued at $750. In the youth category the top winner received prizes valued at $350.