Alizdair at the Charlotte Invitational Soccer Tournament

Get to know Alizdair…
“In August of this year, I started my Senior year as a sixteen year old at Cumberland International Early College High School. What a difference COVID-19 made in the world in 2020 but thankful for technology that allows us to keep normalcy in our lives. Books are still important and I had a bunch for my college classes. My family and I have used the library as a big source for homeschooling and projects for ten years. I’m a person that tries to stay positive in all aspects of my life. I’m the first to set goals and motivate myself and others. For example, in school, travel soccer games, tournaments, debate, and 4-H. The big thing about me is volunteering in the community and making a difference in a person’s life. I was instilled with those traits and values by my parents, Angela & Henry Ray. We were able to keep our tradition of sorting and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child last month. It was a charity that I have done with my family and friends, since I was a toddler.”

Where is your home library and what do you love about it?
“Hope Mills Branch Library! The staff is always willing to help and they called me by my name. It’s because we are frequently there a few days a week.”

Favorite Book?
“Diary of a Wimpy kid books by Jeff Kinney”

What do you want legislators to know about libraries?
“As I have grown older, I appreciate the library, resources, and librarians more, as they helped contribute to my academic success. The library doesn’t reach out to a particular group, as there are opportunities for all people. As we continue to grow, we must not forget the importance of our libraries and the great impact that they have on our community. The libraries are strengthening all generations and we must all understand the importance of funding all of our hometown libraries.”