TARBORO, NC - A student from Edgecombe County Public Schools has been honored by the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). Anaja Hewlin was selected as the NCLA Student Library Ambassador for U.S. Congressional District 1. Hewlin recently completed eighth-grade at W.A. Pattillo Middle School and will be attending Edgecombe Early College High School in the fall.
To enter the contest, students had to express how much they love the library and the effect it's had on their life. The students also had to explain how libraries are important for the future of North Carolina.
“The library in my school allows students with big imaginations to get lost in a good book. Libraries are essential because it is so important for everyone to have access to books they enjoy,” said Hewlin.
As a student ambassador for NCLA, Hewlin will have the opportunity to meet with Congressman G.K. Butterfield to discuss the importance of libraries.
Hewlin was encouraged to apply as an ambassador by Teresa Muse, W.A. Pattillo Media Coordinator.
"I am extremely proud of her efforts to express her feelings about the importance of libraries and I am thrilled she is one of only 13 students in North Carolina selected for this honor," said Muse. "Anaja has been a wonderful advocate for the school's library."
An affiliate of the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association is the only statewide organization concerned with the Tarheel State's total library community. According the the NCLA, its purpose is to promote libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy.