It is Imagination Library Week in Tennessee! (Sept. 14-19, 2015)

September 14, 2015

Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed September 14 to 19 as "Imagination Library Week" in Tennessee. During this week, local Imagination Library affiliates in all 95 counties will work to boost enrollment across the state by bringing awareness of the book program to communities.

This year, we celebrate the 24.3 million books mailed to children under the age of five in all 95 Tennessee counties since 2004. The Imagination Library is a key program in Tennessee promoting early literacy with children and families.

"During Imagination Library Week, we celebrate the program's accomplishments and strive to enroll even more children across the state," Governor's Books from Birth Foundation President Theresa Carl said. "If children are enrolled at birth, they 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."

Here are some easy ways you can celebrate #ImaginationLibraryWeek:

  • Make sure your children and the children in your community are enrolled in the Imagination Library. Share this link to encourage all kids ages 0 to 5 in your community to enroll:
  • Read with your children for at least 20 minutes each day this week (and every week)
  • Attend an Imagination Library event in your county. Click here for a list of events across Tennessee
  • Post a picture or video of your child with an Imagination Library book to our Facebook page or Twitter account. Use the hashtag #ImaginationLibraryWeek.
  • Donate online to Governors Books from Birth. Just $12 covers the cost of books for one year for one child. You can designate that the money goes to your home county.

Click here to view the official proclamation from Governor Bill Haslam.