The Imagination Library hosted another successful Run to Read with 91 total participants. Overall male and female winners were Fidel Balderas and Haley Suggs.

Cumberland County High School student Madeline Bastian won the t-shirt design art contest for the race-day shirts.

Sponsors of the event included: First National Bank of TN, Cumberland Medical Center Covenant Health, Sells X-Ray, Tabors Pawn Shop & Tabors Furniture, Are Circle Public Library, Tennessee Coordinated School Health, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.  Security Finance and Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union also donated items for the goody bags.

The Imagination Library Board would additionally like to thank Stone Memorial High School for helping with set up, clean up, organization, and hosting our event at their facility. Special thanks also go out to the Cumberland County High School Jet Theatrix team for putting the goody bags together and dressing up to cheering our runners on along the race route.

There are several others who deserve gratitude and appreciation. These include: the City of Crossville Police Department for blocking off Cook Rd during the race and the Rescue Squad for making sure all runners stayed safe, several members from Delta Kappa Gamma volunteered and the Early Literacy Council handed out free books, and Crab Orchard Elementary had a strong presence with over 20 student participants.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up.

It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System and coordinating book selections and wholesale purchasing. It also incurs the cost of the program’s administrative expenses and coordinates the monthly mailings.

 Children can become enrolled in the program by visiting our local Art Circle Public Library, visiting the Imagination Library website athttps://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability or by mailing the attached registration form to: Art Circle Public Library, Attn: James Houston, 3 East St, Crossville, TN 38555.