Shout Out to Your Hero: Sample

This year we spotlight teens in our Shout Out to Your Hero posts.This entry is a sample created by our Teen Services staff.

“Brother Mike” Hawkins helped create Chicago Public Library’s

YOUmedia at the Harold Washington Library Center.

He was loved and appreciated by hundreds.

One thing that Brother Mike did that I think was so important is

he acknowledged me in a way that felt important.

He had a kind smile, made eye contact and often times offered a hug.

A talented photographer, videographer and poet,

Brother Mike always had something positive to share,

providing inspiration and encouragement

as if he had all the time in the world.

I made this illustration of Brother Mike from a photo in his Chicago Tribune obituary.

Brother Mike had a huge heart and will never be forgotten.