By Amy H.
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of going to story hour with other kids and moms at our local library, and arguing over who would get to check out Caps for Sale that week. We always had a pile of library books in the house, stored in a wide wicker basket, waiting to be cracked open. In college I found favorite nooks and crannies in the campus library, and I can still remember where I was in the stacks while writing a particular paper. Today I don’t need to study or do research, but I visit my local library every couple of weeks to pick up books I’ve reserved, and I often end up chatting with the librarian about neighborhood happenings and new books or library website features. Libraries are so much more than a collection of books; they offer people in a community a place to gather, to learn, to ask questions, to relax, to use resources they may not have access to otherwise, to hear lectures or see films, and to share the love of reading with future generations.
One of my favorite things about working at Cengage Learning is the opportunity to volunteer with the nonprofit Read to a Child. Once a week, I go to a neighborhood elementary school and read aloud to my assigned reading buddy while he or she eats their lunch. I’ve been doing it for 6 years, and it is beyond rewarding. I’m proud to work for a company that supports literacy in this way.