Maury Regional Medical Center Partners With Maury County Imagination Library

July 31, 2013

Maury County Imagination Library is proud to announce their partnership with Maury Regional Medical Center as their new lead sponsor.  Maury County Imagination Library provides age-appropriate books to the homes of Maury County children to foster a love of reading and education, according to Jan McKeel, executive director of the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance who serves as the fiscal entity for the Maury County Imagination Library.

"Maury Regional Medical Center is committed to impacting our community through initiatives that improve the physical well-being and developmental growth of children in our region. We are proud to support Imagination Library and the wonderful work that they do to improve reading and education for our children," stated Alan Watson, CEO at Maury Regional Medical Center.

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Currently more than 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

Local pediatrician Heather Michalak, M.D., adds, "The path to literacy starts as soon as a baby is born. The ability to read and understand what is written is important for the long-term health of a child. Low literacy is associated with increased hospitalizations, increased mortality, and less controlled chronic health conditions such as asthma. Reading to a child daily will increase their vocabulary and lead to school success and better health even into adulthood."

Every dollar donated to the Maury County Imagination Library is matched by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, which allows any child age 5 or under to enroll in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and receive one free book per month.   Since 2005, over 315,000 books have been mailed to over 5,000 children participating in the Maury County program.

For more information on Maury County’s Imagination Library or how you can donate or volunteer, call 931-375-4200.