Imagination Library Week wrapping up
Gov. Bill Haslam, joined by a few friends, signs the proclamation declaring this week ‘Imagination Library Week’ in Tennessee.
As “Imagination Library Week” in Tennessee comes to a close, local Imagination Library affiliates in all 95 counties have worked to boost enrollment across the state by bringing awareness of the book program to communities.
There are 215,000 Tennessee children under the age of 5 who are enrolled in the program to have a high quality and age appropriate book delivered to their homes each month at no cost to the family.
More than 18.5 million books have been delivered to Tennessee children across the state since 2004.
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) was created in 2004 to allow Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to be available to every child in the state of Tennessee. Children from birth to age five are eligible to receive books at no cost to families, regardless of income. With funding support from the Tennessee General Assembly, various foundations, individual donors, small businesses and a host of private corporate partners, the GBBF matches all funds raised by each Imagination Library program in Tennessee – a dynamic public-private partnership unlike any other in the U.S. today.
Children enrolled in the Imagination Library program will collect a library of 60 books before they enter kindergarten, fostering a love of learning and reading which results in their improved long-term educational outcomes.
An increasing amount of research points to the universally positive impact of having books in the home.
Imagination Library participants from both low-income and middle-income households arrive at kindergarten more prepared to learn than non-participants.
A 2010 study indicated that simply having more books in the home correlates to a child’s completing more years of formal education.
In January of this year, a team of researchers concluded that reading to a child in an interactive style can raise the child’s IQ by as much as six points.
Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out later.
A recent study conducted by the Urban Child Institute determined that programs like the Imagination Library lead to early childhood language development, school readiness, grade progression, on-time graduation and college attendance.
Children can be enrolled or donations can be made online at www.governorsfoundation.org or in Hamblen County, contact HC*EXCELL at:
P.O. BOX 2156
MORRISTOWN, TN 37816-2156
Gifts can be directed to a specific county or made in honor/ in memory of a loved one.
Every contribution, no matter the amount, directly supports the ongoing efforts of the Imagination Library programs in all 95 Tennessee counties.
Every cent goes towards the purchase of new books for children, not towards administrative costs.
- From Staff Reports