Communities statewide will publicize the benefits of books for young children in a big way, as Gov. Phil Bredesen proclaims Sept. 16-22, 2007 as Imagination Library Week in Tennessee, kicking off a celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Now in its second year, Imagination Library Week will be packed with events aimed at bolstering enrollment and fund-raising in nearly all 95 counties.
"As we near the point that nearly one out of every two eligible children in Tennessee is registered in this important pre-kindergarten literacy program, I recognize there are still many more families with young children left to reach," said Gov. Bredesen. "Imagination Library Week is an opportunity to generate greater awareness for the program, and the importance of reading to children regularly as preparation for formal education. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of volunteers in all 95 counties, we are workingtoward instilling a love of books and reading – at the earliest possible age – in each and every one of Tennessee's children."
From celebrations and sign-up drives at area public libraries, to stroller-thons, fall fests and golf outings, nearly every county in Tennessee has local activities planned for Imagination Library Week. County volunteers have posted information on local events to an online calendar on the Imagination Library Week section of the Governor's Foundation Web site, www.GovernorsFoundation.org/il_week.htm.
Statewide volunteer organizations such as the AT&T Telecom Pioneers Life Members and Delta Kappa Gamma Society have also offered their time, money and resources to local Imagination Library programs.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.