Imagine there’s a celebration: Book bash plans under way

Published 8:15 am Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Carter County Imagination Library continues to plan for the 10th-anniversary celebration for the Tennessee program.
The Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation is turning 10 this October, and all local Imagination Library chapters have been invited to join the party.
Carter County Imagination Library Chair Lilo Duncan brought the invitation to the CCIL board last month as they began planning the local celebration.
Duncan said the foundation president Theresa Carl offered to send the foundation’s “Magic Bus” to any local event if the CCIL would like it. The bus will include special guests, music and giveaways to complement whatever the local Imagination Libraries had planned.
Duncan said she had sent notice to the state that the CCIL wanted to participate in the anniversary celebration, but had yet to receive a date back for when Carter County could expect the bus to be coming through.
“We can’t really plan anything until we get a date,” Duncan said. “We were told it would be between Sept. 6 and 20. Once we know a date we can plan more.”
The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation joined with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2004 in an effort to provide every child in Tennessee with a free book each month from birth until age 5.
The CCIL will celebrate its 10th anniversary in March 2015.
Duncan also turned to the CCIL to recruit donors for a curtain replacement project for the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library that is being coordinated by the Friends of the Library.
Duncan said the organization had received an anonymous $5,000 donation to be used for the purchase of new curtains for the library’s public meeting room and the law library room.
Duncan said the donor also agreed to match up to $5,000 more in additional donations, which could mean a total of $15,000 for improvements at the ECCPL.
She said the donations had been slow to come in and asked the CCIL to share news about the drive with their contacts.
The library curtains have been in place since the library opened in the current facility in 1992. The goal is to have the new curtains in place as soon as possible to help celebrate the library’s 85th anniversary.
Duncan said donations can be dropped off at the library and the Friends will collect them.

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