You Belong @ Your Library
Sixteen year old Ellis Kalomiris, “loves taking things apart and putting them back together.” The South High School sophomore enjoys art, sculpting and engineering where he gets to disassemble and reassemble things in a very practical way. He also likes taking apart concepts and putting them back together.
“The Library is a place where all ideas are thrown into a blender and come out as one solid piece. It’s hard to explain, but it’s nice,” Ellis says.
Ellis, who gets his name from his paternal grandfather, Elias, and paternal grandmother, Ellie, is the winner of CLPL’s You Belong @ Your Library Contest. Ellis won for his 50 word essay which intrigued the judges with statements like, “Since I began actively coming to the Library I’ve gained depth and detail, just like every book. My mind has become broadened and my imagination runs rampant. I feel connected here.”
In a recent interview, Ellis expounded on his affinity for CLPL. “The Library has added so many things to my life. It’s helped me understand some of the things I didn’t understand before. I’ve learned about relationships and the possibilities therein. It’s added imagination to my thoughts.”
The sixteen year old honors student is not entirely sure what he wants to do when he is through with school, but is very interested in both writing and engineering. He is currently writing a book, the title of which is The Path I’ve Walked. “Coming to the Library and reading so many books has really changed how I write,” says Ellis.
Ellis also describes a feeling of belonging at the Library. “There’s a real sense of community here,” says Ellis. “The Librarians are really friendly. I also feel a connection to the writers. The connection isn’t quite as tangible, but it’s definitely there.”
Ellis who moved to Crystal Lake when he was less than a year old enjoys advocating for CLPL. “The Library is a place of wonder. There are things you’ll learn here that you’ll never learn anywhere else. CLPL has helped me become who I am today. I’ve become more intelligent, thoughtful and understanding because of this place. I’m understanding people better. Come here – there can only be good that comes out of it.”