Deborah Grace from Lake Worth, Florida

The Bloomingdale Branch of the Sullivan County, Tennessee Public Library changed my life. The summer before I started college, I walked there from my home to check out books. I was beginning college in August, and I was a painfully slow reader with poor comprehension. I knew I'd never survive if I  didn't improve my reading skills.

This small branch library had one bookshelf filled with well-loved Harlequin romances that I found I loved reading. By the end of the summer, I could read one a day!

But the story doesn't end there. I received my bachelor's degree, graduating at the top of my class. I continued to read romance novels. Now I write them. I'm an award-winning, bestselling author. I hold a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and have taught college! I'm beyond blessed and  have that small branch library to thank for helping me love to read.