For the citizens living in the Hazelwood area, the new library recently established gives them opportunities that they have never before had. Far more than just a place to hang out during cold days (like the day I visited), the new library allows individuals to better themselves in a variety of ways, some of which I was lucky to experience first hand.
After being greeted by an energetic and seemingly genuine librarian, I took in the room around me for the first time. The brightness and coziness of the space, without feeling too restrictive, made for a great space in which I felt that many things could be accomplished. I sat down at a nearby table and was approached by a man who had overheard my conversation with the librarian, wanting to know more about the project I was discussing with her.
The man introduced himself to me, and said that he was there using the library’s many resources to pursue a degree. I introduced myself, and a connection was made between the two of us when he found that I was likewise pursuing a degree in International Business. He told me that has traveled extensively, and this blew me away as I was entirely unprepared to meet someone like this at the Hazelwood library. His life experiences were incredibly interesting and inspiring to hear, as he explained that his greatest wish was to travel as much as he could. We talked for what seemed like nearly an hour before the library began to get much more crowded, and he decided it was time to leave. Shortly after I followed suit.
This experience was, I believe, not ordinary of the new Hazelwood library but the fact that it happened has made me actually want to return and see who else I can meet. In a place where I did not expect to meet anyone quite as remarkable as this man, I was blown away by his stories and experiences, something I could relate very well to because of mu studies over the past few years. The Hazelwood library surely seems a place where the community can come together to try and better themselves as a whole, a truly wonderful goal to pursue.