My favorite place to go
Pariti Sutaria, Division 2, 9th grade #ws16e-s2d2

A favorite place to go- favorite is an adjective, a word that describes something or someone that is preferred before everything else. In this case, my preferred place to go is the library. Why, you may ask, is a library preferred before all the extra ordinary places that can be picked in the world? Well, to answer that question truthfully, I must tell you that in the first few years of my life, the majority of my time was spent in a library revolving around books, and books only. I loved the idea of fiction and the solitude of stories that took you to a different world, made you believe in characters and think about living in a different society, forced you to sit and read a story until the very last page, made you feel the deep ache yet the happiness of finishing a favorite book, bound you to feel the impatience of waiting for a new book in a series, begrudgingly forced you to sense the terror and grief after a character’s death, made you forget the world you live in, gave you support and confidence of a new beginning, made you feel the urge of finding a new book to read, unwillingly made you feel millions of emotions in just a few pages, and had you staying up all night with a flashlight and a book under the covers of your bed just to read someone else’s story. A library lead you through this whole process an infinite amount of times with an infinite amount of books located in just one building. A library was a mother that supported tons of children through their childhood. A library was a selfless place that changed the lives of many and made many people who they are today, it provides knowledge and has the ability to expose everyone in the world to believe without asking for anything in return. A library is anything but ordinary, it is a place filled with every action, emotion, and thought in the world. As many say, a well-read child is a dangerous creature that has the ability to achieve many goals. I whole-heartedly agree with that.

Growing up, I started volunteering at the library. I saw kids change and grow overtime. Little babies that became fascinated by various pictures in a book, toddlers indulged in the adventures of The Cat in the Hat, tweens and teens became absorbed in the magical world of Harry Potter and the various societies created by Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth, and young adults and adults experiencing the different perspectives and turns life has. A library supplies the needs of all age levels and slowly, yet surely makes sure to motivate each being that is captivated in the books that a library offers.

A library is my favorite place to go because it not only changes lives, but changes the perspective of so many people in the world. The idea of a library itself is insanely magical- a place where everyone in the world can go to read a book that has the ability to change the person’s being within. A library has inspired and motivated many to achieve goals they thought were difficult and blurred the boundary lines between what is possible and impossible. As Sidney Sheldon once said, “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving the quality of our life. Libraries change lives for the better.” There are no words good enough to prove how much I agree and believe in this quote.
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