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Published on: 21 September 2022

Last updated: 21 September 2022

Ritsu, English class attendee at Church Street Library

It makes you more confident and happier.

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Ritsu is seated and looking at the camera and smiling. The background is some colourful children's books and a mural painted on the wall

I have been here for eight months.

First of all, I need the library to improve my English skills, but for me, it’s very important to get some community access because I’m a newcomer to London. I didn’t know about London. I was quite anxious to be here, I didn’t have any friends or familiar things, no family.

Church Street Library is a surprise for me, it means [my] first place is my house, second place is my working place, and this is the third place between my house and working place. Church Street library makes me very confident and builds a community.

I love Church Street Library. A couple of times I thought I would move to other areas in London because the price is increasing but due to this library, especially the English class here, I didn’t move.

Visit the library, you can see a lot of races, religions, and people. I think it’s one of the most important things.

Those who hesitate to come to this library: please come. Staff are very friendly and kind. After coming to this library, you can make a community, it makes you more confident and happier.