The Library Friends of San Diego County recently held its annual all-ages essay contest, and the children’s division winner is an elementary school student in Lemon Grove.
Local sixth-grader Destiny Lawhorn won the essay contest, which asked kids, teens and adults “How does the library benefit you?” She was awarded first place in the children's category for her essay, which was judged on presentation, originality, and correctness.
Lawhorn’s essay shows how her favorite books have engaged her imagination and expanded her world. She also writes about how important the library experience is to her and her family, highlighting community programs like homework help, yoga, and arts and crafts.
And since Lawhorn isn’t able to access the Internet at home, the library has become a vital resource for connecting online. (You can read her essay by clicking on the PDF in the media box.)
“The library is an essential part of my life,” Lawhorn writes.
Lawhorn’s prize is a $100 gift certificate. Winners in second and third place received $50 and $25 gift certificates.
The essay contest is a good way to get feedback for the services provided by the libraries, said Dick Wayman, president of the Library Friends of San Diego County.
“The annual essay contest is a great opportunity for local library lovers to share their experiences with library staff and supporters," Wayman said. "We love hearing the great things residents have to say about our County Library system."
Nine county residents received certificates and prizes for writing winning essays within the three age divisions. You can find out more information about the essay contest by emailing LFSDCessay@yahoo.com.