Thursday, September 23, 2010

WSMV: Gov. Phil Bredesen & Kids Celebrate Imagination Library Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Several students brought out the governor's creative side Wednesday. Pre-Kingergarten students at Crockett Elementary in Brentwood gave the governor a poster of their colorful handprints.

Gov. Phil Bredesen was at the school to celebrate the 2010 Imagination Library Week, which is Sept. 19-25. Dolly Parton created the program, which mails free books to children from birth to age 5, in 1996.

Six years ago, the governor created his Books From Birth Foundation to support Imagination Library. On Wednesday, he called that move a no-brainer.

"Kids are excited about getting the books in the mail," said Bredesen. "If there's some of them who it touches that might not have books in the home otherwise, perhaps it'll help them in school. But I love the program."

The governor said he especially loves that the program isn't based in Nashville but in the communities, which have stepped up and ensured its success.

More than 10 million free books have been delivered to kids through the program, which serves 215,000 children.

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