Editor's note: The following are the essay winners from the Costa Mesa Library Foundation awards. They have been minimally edited for newspaper style.

My favorite place in Costa Mesa is the Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Segerstrom Concert Hall is a place where the Pacific Symphony plays their concerts. It looks like a humongous auditorium with soft red chairs everywhere.

In the very front, the whole symphony is playing their music. The hall is very big so the sound of all the instruments can be heard. The Segerstrom Concert Hall is my favorite place because I like to hear the music of the symphony. I like to see and hear the string family (violins, violas, cellos and bass) the most.

In the hall I listen and watch the Pacific Symphony play in harmony. The music sounds wonderful when the musicians come together and play their instruments. I go there with my school on field trips and I really enjoy it.

Luigi Palumbo, 11, sixth grade

Paularino Elementary School, Mrs. Schad

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My favorite place in Costa Mesa is my house. My house is my favorite place because I have everything I love there like my mother, my father and even my little puppy, Ollie. I love to play with Legos, ride my roller skates, draw, watch TV and play with Ollie. When my brothers have sports I usually help cook dinner, do chores, do my homework and give Ollie a walk. I don't play sports so I spend a lot of my time at my house.

The front of the house is brown with white borders. In the lawn there are blackberry bushes and yellow hibiscus plants. You would probably see a black car and a white car next to a white plastic fence guarding the vegetable garden. That is my favorite place in Costa Mesa.

Drew Juncker, 11, sixth grade

Paularino Elementary School, Mrs. Schad

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There are many amazing places in Costa Mesa, but my favorite place, by far, is South Coast Repertory. South Coast Repertory is a theater that performs shows and also has acting classes.

I love to act, and that is where I go to learn more about it and practice acting in front of other people. While I'm at class, we play games that symbolize different acting techniques. I've also been in one of the shows there, over the summer, and we worked on being able to work with others to create a realistic experience for the audience. I go to South Coast Repertory every Saturday with my sister, and I also have many friends there as well.

Although there are so many amazing places to go to in Costa Mesa, South Coast Repertory is a clear winner for me. I'm always excited for Saturday to come!

Sarah Cocroft, 13, eighth grade

Christ Lutheran School, Mr. Augustine

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The aroma is of fresh cut grass and pine trees. The soft summer breeze blows upon the place. This is the perfect place to relax on a hot day and sit in the shade of an oak tree. This is why my favorite place in Costa Mesa is TeWinkle Park.

This is my favorite place because it makes you feel free and is a pleasant way to enjoy life. This is the perfect place to run and play sports while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. I go there to practice long-distance throws to improve my pitching speed. I go there with my dad and brother; it's a great way to spend time together and have fun.

TeWinkle Park is my favorite place because it is a beautiful, perfect relaxation place and a perfect place to play sports.

Carlos Gutierrez, 13, eighth grade

Costa Mesa Middle School, Mrs. Krenik