Machai Smith – NC Congressional District 7 | View Full Essay
My first book was The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss. Boy, I used to sing those ABC’s! I remember being denied by Head Start because I was “too advanced.” … I loved to be read to, I loved the smell of the pages of books, I loved the way books looked on a shelf. Most of all, I loved the quantity of the books in a library.

Machai is a 10 grader at Smithfield Selma High School and is from Smithfield, NC. Her eloquent and heartfelt essay talks about her special relationship with libraries – a place of wonder, joy, and safety.

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