• Children in 52 Tennessee Counties Receive Free Books

    Monday, March 15, 2010 | 9:05am

    Donation by Appalachian Regional Commission allows books for more than 185,000 children in Appalachian Tennessee

    NASHVILLE-More than 185,000 children in Middle and East Tennessee counties will have the chance to develop their vocabulary, improve school readiness and grow a love for reading after a generous donation by the Appalachian Regional Commission, with assistance from the East Tennessee Development District. The $100,000 donation will be matched by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) to ensure that free, high-quality, age appropriate books are sent each month to registered children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.

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  • Bredesen Celebrates Read Across America Day

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010 | 3:37am
    Tennessee Education Association Partners with Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today joined the Tennessee Education Association, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning to celebrate the 14th annual Read Across America Day, a project of the National Education Association.
     
    Read Across America Day is the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bredesen commemorated the occasion by reading Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could to a pre-K class at Bellshire Elementary Design Center School in Nashville.
     
    “Reading to children from the start is one of the best things we can do to prepare them for success in the classroom,” said Bredesen. “I’m pleased to see the work of these partner organizations in focusing Tennesseans on the importance of early childhood education and motivating children to read.”

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  • Comcast Demonstrates Commitment to Literacy Among Tennessee Children

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 7:05am

    NASHVILLE-- Children all across Tennessee are thanking Comcast after the fulfillment of their $150,000 commitment over three years to the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), ensuring that books are in the hands of kids developing their vocabulary, school readiness, and love of learning and reading. GBBF, in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and local affiliates in each county, ensures that free, high quality, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month directly to registered children’s homes in Tennessee, from birth until age five. 

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  • Bredesen Promotes Imagination Library Week in Tennessee

    Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 7:53am

    Program Celebrates 57 Percent Enrollment; Dollar General Stores Assist with Registration Events

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen is urging communities across the state to celebrate the benefits of books for young children during the fourth annual Imagination Library Week in Tennessee. Bredesen proclaimed Sept. 13-19 as Imagination Library Week, which is full of events aimed at boosting enrollment and community investment across the state.

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  • Governor Bredesen to Celebrate Fourth Annual Imagination Library Week with Rutherford County Program

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 7:47am

    Rutherford Books from Birth Marks Delivery of Over 300,000 Books; Holds Public Event to Boost Registration, Fundraising

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn.Rutherford County will celebrate the benefits of books for young children in a big way, as Gov. Phil Bredesen visits Murfreesboro during Imagination Library Week in Tennessee, kicking off a fun-filled statewide celebration of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Now in its fourth year, Imagination Library Week, Sept. 13-19, is packed with events aimed at bolstering enrollment and fundraising in nearly all 95 counties.
     

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  • Volunteer State Health Plan Invests in Early Childhood Literacy for Shelby County

    Monday, June 29, 2009 | 12:49pm

    Managed Care Organization Commits to Multi-Year, Strategic Partnership with Shelby County Books from Birth

    MEMPHIS – The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) today announced a three-year, $900,000 collaboration with Volunteer State Health Plan (VSHP) to support the Imagination Library program in ShelbyCounty, where 18 percent of Tennessee’s total population under age five resides.
     
    Created in 1996 by Dolly Parton, the Imagination Library mails a new, age-appropriate, high-quality book to registered children, every month from birth until age five – at no cost to the family, regardless of income. In Tennessee, the cost of purchasing and delivering books – $28 per child, per year – is split evenly between a non-profit sponsoring organization in every county and state funds administered by the GBBF. VSHP’s contribution will be allocated entirely toward the local sponsoring organization’s share in ShelbyCounty. 

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  • Imagination Library Electronic Registration Now Available Statewide

    Thursday, April 09, 2009 | 4:48am
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced that parents and caregivers in all 95 counties can now easily register children under age five for the Imagination Library online at www.GovernorsFoundation.org. The Governor made the announcement as he and First Lady Andrea Conte launched “Read to a Child Month” at the Nashville debut of a children’s play adapted from the Imagination Library’s most popular book, Llama Llama Red Pajama.

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  • Conyers to Serve as Governor's Foundation President, Lead Statewide Imagination Library Efforts

    Friday, January 09, 2009 | 8:51am

    NASHVILLE - The board of directors for the non-profit Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation® has named Jeff Conyers to succeed Lady A. Bird as GBBF president. Effective Feb. 2, Conyers will lead efforts to strengthen and sustain Tennessee’s statewide Imagination Library – Dolly Parton’s successful early childhood reading initiative.

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  • Bredesen Promotes Imagination Library Week in Tennessee

    Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | 5:42am

    State Celebrates 50 Percent Enrollment Mark

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen is urging communities across the state to celebrate the benefits of books for young children during the third annual Imagination Library Week in Tennessee. Bredesen proclaimed Sept. 14-20 as Imagination Library Week, which is full of events aimed at boosting enrollment and community support across the state.

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  • Nissan Contributions to Tennessee County Imagination Libraries Total $305,000

    Tuesday, September 02, 2008 | 7:00pm
    With 2008 Renewal of Nissan Neighbors Grants,
    Automaker Boosts Commitment to Early Childhood Literacy in Tennessee
                                                          
    FRANKLIN – As Nissan North America celebrates the recent grand opening of its corporate headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., thousands of preschool children in four Tennessee counties can celebrate the gift of early reading, thanks to the Nissan Neighbors grant program. The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) today announced the 2008 renewal of charitable gifts totaling $140,000 from Nissan North America. Part of Nissan’s commitment to communities where its employees live and work, the donations will promote early childhood literacy by supporting Imagination Library programs in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford and Williamson counties.

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  • Piedmont Gas Joins Governor's Statewide Children's Literacy Effort

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008 | 7:00pm

    Local Natural Gas Utility Pledges $150,000 to Support
    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Middle Tennessee

    NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) today announced a three-year, $150,000 collaboration with Piedmont Natural Gas to support Imagination Library programs in the nine Middle Tennessee counties served by the energy services provider.

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  • Now Serving One Out of Every Two Tennessee Children Under Age Five, Tennessee's Imagination Library Improves School Preparedness

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 | 7:00pm

    Pre-K, Kindergarten Teachers Report Imagination Library

    Participants Start School Better Prepared to Learn

     

    NASHVILLE – With just over half of Tennessee’s population of under-five children currently registered in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library –and over 80,000 Tennessee five-year-olds who have “graduated” from the statewide program since 2004– the Tennessee Board of Regents has completed the first large-scale study on the Imagination Library’s impact on the learning preparedness of children now enrolled in public schools.

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  • Comcast Cable Supports New Statewide Imagination Library With New Television PSA, Continued Financial Support

    Wednesday, April 02, 2008 | 7:00pm

    Cable Provider Renews, Strengthens its Partnership with the
    Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

    NASHVILLE – Thousands of Tennessee families are learning more about a statewide program that provides free books to every Tennessee child under age five, thanks to a new television public service announcement (PSA), featuring Governor Phil Bredesen and entertainment legend Dolly Parton.

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  • Imagination Library Ushers in New Year With Kroger Donation Drive Surprise

    Tuesday, January 29, 2008 | 6:00pm

    Major Grocery Retailer Raises Over $10,000 for
    Early Childhood
    Literacy in Middle Tennessee Stores

    NASHVILLE – Imagination Library organizers from 16 Middle Tennessee counties were greeted in 2008 with a surprise contribution from one of the region’s most popular grocery chains. Proceeds collected over a three-month period from customer deposits into donation boxes at area Kroger stores grossed more than $10,700 for county Imagination Library programs.

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