Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 23, 2013

Imagination Library gets boost from FOL


CROSSVILLE — At the Oct. 3 meeting of the Friends of the Art Circle Public Library (FOL), a check for $3,200 was presented to Jim Oswald, president of the Imagination Library. As the Cumberland County Imagination Library enters its eighth year, the FOL continues to support the program. This money will support over 200 kids in the program for one year.

The Imagination Library supplies free, age appropriate books each month to Cumberland County preschool children from birth though age five. The state of Tennessee pays 50 percent of the cost and the remainder is provided by local communities. It is supported by local businesses, churches, associations and individual contributors. Currently, 65 percent of eligible pre-kindergarteners participate in the program. The goal for the eighth year is to reach 70 percent of eligible children.

The FOL raises money for many library supported activities in the community. Their fundraising activities include the Circle of Friends bookstore in the library, the Kroger Cares program, book sales, bling sales and their individual and business membership drives.

The next book sale will be Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cumberland Meeting Room at the library. The Saturday sale will feature a full bag of books for $1.  The next bling sale will be Dec. 22.