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November 2008

Making a Difference in Your Life Writing Competition Winners

Grayson TaylorGrayson Taylor, age 3

On Sunday, November 9, an awards ceremony and donor recognition reception was held at the Main Library for the winners of our Making a Difference in Your Life Writing Competition. Over 160 entries were received from enthusiastic library users ranging from as young as 3 years of age to those who have been retired for many years. A first and second prize as well as honorable mentions were awarded in each of four age categories. The competition was co-sponsored by the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Public Library.

Many entries credited the library with nurturing a lifelong love of learning and the joy of reading. Others talked about the library as the great equalizer in society, providing the same access to information, the Internet, and services regardless of age, gender, economic affluence, or other differences. Some called the library a sanctuary, a place of healing, an escape, and a quiet spot where one could aspire to a better life. Everyone spoke of the library as integral to their lives and a transformational force that helps them thrive and succeed.

Tabatha WesselerTabatha Wesseler, age 12

From these entries, 19 winners were selected by the panel of judges (Friends book sale volunteer Dr. Jay Ach, Friends Director Meghan Rafferty; and the Library’s Development Director John Reusing). The judges were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and enthusiasm for the Library and for the entrant’s eloquent recognition of the vital role it served in their lives. You can watch a short video of highlights from the awards ceremony on YouTube.

Tom Brinkman, Ohio Representative from the 34th District, attended the awards ceremony and reception.

Ages 6 and under

Maddie SabatelliMaddie Sabatelli, age 15

Ages 7-12

Ages 13-18


Tawanda JohnsonTawanda Johnson