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First Lady Attends Imagination Library Reception

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

The first lady of Tennessee is making the rounds in support of an effort that encourages children to read.

Crissy Haslam made a stop at Jackson-Madison County's main library in downtown Jackson, Monday. Her visit is in support of the imagination library, a non-profit organization founded by country music star, Dolly Parton in 1996.

Children from, birth to age 5 receive a book every month in the mail from the library. Madison County's Imagination Library was founded in 2005 and now serves about 6,000 children.

"For $60, a child can have a book a month from birth to age 5. 60 books that will be their library that will make them interested in reading and learning and make them more ready to succeed in school," said Tennessee First Lady, Crissy Haslam.

Leaders of the library encourage donations from the public to help fund the program which continues to grow.