Montgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts have issued a joint proclamation designating September as Montgomery County Imagination Library Month.
Imagination Library provides free books to children until they begin kindergarten to promote literacy and lifelong learning. The local Imagination Library began in 2005 and is expected to send its millionth book to a child in Montgomery County by February 2020.
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett proclaims September as Montgomery County Imagination Library Month.
Fort Campbell, KY – Babies born at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital can receive a new book, free, each month until age five from a non-profit child literacy program offered in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky designed to expose even the youngest children to reading.
A registration card is available in the patient admission packet each new mother receives during her stay on the hospital’s Mother Baby Unit. Parents simply complete the card and return it to their nurse before discharge and a hospital volunteer will enter their enrollment information into the system.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative
Nashville, TN – Ms. Theresa Carl, President of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation testified before the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee this week on the success of the Governor’s Books from Birth (GBBF) program. Their mission is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee’s birth to age five population.
In partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the GBBF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. The vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is investing $30 million dollars over the next three years in the Department of Education’s (DOE) Read to Be Ready Summer Grant program.
The two-generation grant is a part of the department’s 2G for Tennessee strategy, which has a specific focus on partnering with parents and children together to improve the whole family’s well-being while building cycles of success.
$30 Million Investment Provides Summer Reading Camps to up to 30,000 Children over a 3 year period
Clarksville, TN – Tennessee’s First Lady Crissy Haslam will be among the celebrity readers at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Thursday, June 25th for a child-centered event to highlight the Montgomery County Imagination Library.
Other guest readers include Channel 4 Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer, Kirby Cannon, APSU Head Football Coach, Gnash, the Predator’s Mascot, Snowbird, and the Tender Paws therapy dogs.
Clarksville, TN – The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) launched its “Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour” on August 26th in Johnson County and it will conclude at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on September 30th, visiting some 50 counties across the state in a forty-five foot decorated touring coach.
The tour bus will visit Clarksville at the Food Court entrance to Governor’s Square Mall on Thursday, September 11th from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
Clarksville, TN – Channel 4 Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer will be among the celebrity readers at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Wednesday, June 25th for a child-centered event to highlight the Montgomery County Imagination Library.
Other guest readers include GNASH, the Nashville Predators mascot, Kirby Cannon, APSU Head Football Coach, along with the APSU Governor’s mascot and the Tender Paws therapy dogs.
The fun will begin at 10:00am that morning in the atrium of the library.
Clarksville, TN – The last day of the 2014 Rivers and Spires Festival continued to be the best in memory. The weather was absolutely flawless, neither too hot nor to cold. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky throughout the entire day.
I rushed down to the Festival at 9:00am to catch the annual WJZM 1400 AM Clarksville in Review broadcast from the Festival. This usually is held at the Bill Roberts thunder road automotive tent on Franklin Street just down from the Roxy Regional Theatre. The program was already well underway when I arrived.
Randy Houser performing at the 2014 Rivers and Spires Festival on Saturday
Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns
Nashville, TN – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort.
Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks. «Read the rest of this article»