Volunteer readers help celebrate Perry County Friends of the Library’s 10th Anniversary

May 13, 2014

In honor of a decade of sending nearly 30,000 books to Perry County children, Friends of the Library volunteers read to school children ages 10 and under last week. Almost all of these children had been recipients of Imagination Library books.

From May 1-2, volunteers read to almost 400 students at Linden Elementary School in Pre-K-4th grade, and on May 5 volunteers read to another 138 pre-K-4th graders at Lobelville Elementary.

Betty Barber, who launched the Imagination Library program in Perry County 10 years ago, has coordinated and promoted the program over the last 10 years. Betty conceived the idea of this mission-driven celebration to mark the 10th anniversary. She recruited 18 volunteer readers, which included the Mayor of Perry County, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and many retired professionals. Barber worked with the principals at the two elementary schools to target the students who would be ages 10 and under. To make the day more special, Barber connected with the local United Methodist women, who put together snack bags for the children. She also worked with the staff at the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance office to print coloring sheets and Summer Reading Program handouts. Finally, she arranged for 11 high school volunteers to help serve popcorn and punch at one of the schools.

A total of 36 volunteers and 56 faculty and staff collaborated to make the 10th Anniversary Celebration successful for the children. The principals have even suggested doing this as an annual event. Perry County is very grateful to Betty Barber for her decade of dedication to early childhood literacy.