11-22-2005 Williamson County Celebrates Creation of Imagination Library   printer  

Williamson County Celebrates Creation of Imagination Library
More Than 9,100 Children under Age Five to Benefit from Free Books Program
FRANKLIN, TENN. WilliamsonCounty next week will become the 80th Tennessee county to adopt Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and will hold a public celebration and parent/child program registration at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, November 29, at the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin.
The Imagination Library was created by Dolly Parton in 1996, and provides a new, age-appropriate, hardcover book each month to children from birth to age five at no cost to the family.
Currently, more than 85% of Tennessee’s 375,000 children under age five have access to the program.
The total cost of the program is only $27 per child, per year, which includes 12 hardcover books, postage, shipping and handling, and reflects absolutely no administrative overhead costs. This cost is split equally between each county program and the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.
Like the Davidson County Imagination Library, WilliamsonCounty’s program will operate under the umbrella Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, and will be administered by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Williamson County Imagination Library is made possible through the collaborative contributions of News Channel 5, Ingram Industries, Nashville READ, Jo’s Reach out and Read, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, and various additional WilliamsonCounty community partners.
Neighboring Tennessee counties currently offering Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library include: Davidson, Hickman, Maury, Marshall, Montgomery, and Wilson.
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation was created in 2004 by Governor Bredesen and charged with providing the best available resources, assistance and training to Tennesseans seeking to establish their own countywide Imagination Library programs.
Williamson (and Davidson) County residents may learn more about registering their children under age five for the Imagination Library by visiting www.vanderbiltchildrens.com or by calling 615.936.3554.
To learn more about Tennessee’s 79 additional countywide Imagination Libraries, please visit www.governorsfoundation.org.
WHO:               Williamson County Volunteer Coordinators and Families
                        Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation President Lady Jackson
                        Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee leadership and staff               
WHAT:             WilliamsonCounty Imagination Library Kick Off!
WHEN:             Tuesday, November 29
                        Children’s activities at 9:30 a.m. CDT
                        Official program at 10:30 a.m. CDT  
WHERE:           WilliamsonCounty Public Library
                        1314 Columbia Avenue
                        Franklin, Tennessee