Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Week is set for September 17-23

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Week is set for September 17-23

Posted: 09/13/2017
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox CountyDolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County, in partnership with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), invites families with young children to celebrate Imagination Library Week with special storytimes, a #getcaughtreading social media campaign, and other activites. This statewide celebration will take place from September 17 to September 23. 
 
Knox County Public Library will host 24 Imagination Library-themed storytimes at 12 locations across the system ranging from Baby Bookworms for infants to Pajama Storytimes for the whole family.  Participants at each storytime will recieve stickers, coloring pages, and bookmarks.  Visit knoxlib.org/il for a complete list of storytimes. 
 
Dolly Parton's Imagination LibraryAdditionally, the board of the Imagination Library is pleased to announce the sale of a new, full-color wall calendar featuring photos of little readers from Knox County. The calendars, available now through knoxlib.org/il, cost $15. All proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit Imagination Library in Knox County. Calendars are available to purchase online at www.knoxlib.org/il and at Union Avenue Bookstore.
 
To cap off the week, First Lady Crissy Haslam will join executives from UT Medical Center and Governor's Books from Birth Foundation to announce a new birthing hospital initiative. UT Medical Center will begin offering enrollment to every child born in its facilities and will present the newborn with the first book, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. 
 
"We’re excited to have so many great partners celebrating and supporting Imagination Library in our community," noted Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. "This is one of the best ways to help a young family get their children off to strong start in life, and we're honored to offer this program through our public library." 
 
About Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County 

Imagination Library mails one new, age-appropriate book each month to every registered Knox County child from birth until age five. Books arrive in the child's name and are theirs to keep, read, and enjoy. Reading to young children is the best way to prepare them for school and for life. Getting a book in the mail each month is exciting and encourages families to read together.  
 
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County is a program of the Knox County Public Library and is responsible for raising the funds to mail over 20,000 books each month to Knox County children. Since 2005, they have mailed close to 2.5 million books. 
 
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, which funds 50% of all Imagination Library books delivered in Tennessee,  is celebrating 30 million books mailed across the state of Tennessee. 2.5 Million of those books were mailed in Knox County alone.