By Nikki P.
I grew up in a very small town, a village of 1200 people. Our town only had two stop lights and the library was right near one of them. I lived about 3 miles from the public library, and used to spend every few days there in the summer. I would ride my bike there, fill a grocery bag full of books, and spend my days reading everything from Sweet Valley High to books on bugs. It was my haven. I even went to our librarians funeral when she passed last year. She was a staple in our community! Reading helped me academically. I graduated #7 in my high school class and went on to pursue a degree at a 4-year University. I am blessed now to be a part of books and content, working for Cengage Learning in Higher Education.