“Teaching me many life lessons, libraries have proven to be an important tool in my life. Unfortunately, some of these lessons I speak of did not come without cost to me. I still remember the first time I forgot to return a library book and had to pay the overdue fees. Even though I was only about six years old, my mother made me work for the two dollars around the house and had me deliver it to the librarian myself. This was one of the first lessons in responsibility that I had received. Restitution was another lesson that I had to learn the hard way. About three years ago, I returned a book that had been damaged while in my possession. Few things are more embarrassing than having to go and pay for a book that you have inadvertently damaged and tried to return…
While remaining a great development tool in my life, libraries have also proven to be an amazing academic tool for me as well. I love to read, and browsing the library shelves has allowed me to explore many diverse topics, even to things I did not previously know that I was interested in. Thanks to the library system, I have been able to read about historical events from the life of Julius Caesar to the sinking of the Titanic. My library has enabled me to explore different types of fiction as well as a whole spectrum of non-fiction. The ability to contain such an abundance of knowledge in such a common building never ceases to astound me. Without a doubt, I owe libraries a great deal of credit for the academic success I have achieved thus far.”
Jonathan Wixtrom, 2017
Jonathan Wixtrom is a homeschooled high school senior from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“In my spare time, I am an amateur Titanic expert, Junior PBA Bowler, actor, and Boy Scout (currently finishing Eagle Scout rank requirements). In addition to that, I also enjoy cleaning and attributing ancient coins, reading books about many diverse topics, and debating politics with my friends. Next fall, I intend to begin my college education at a four-year university, with the goal of a Bachelor’s degree in applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). I am extremely thankful to live in a country with such an easy and accessible library system.”