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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

Can you believe it? Wilson Books from Birth celebrates its fourth birthday this month and is inviting all day care center/child care providers in the county to participate by signing up to have a local community volunteer to come and read to children during the week-long event.

Peggy Simpson, director of Wilson Books from Birth, said officials with the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation have encouraged all Books from Birth groups to be more visible in their respective communities. One way to do that locally, she said, is to have community volunteers and leaders to read to children for a short time.

The Books from Birth program is part of country music singer/songwriter Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides a free book each month to children from birth to age 5. Children must be registered by their parents or guardians. Their first book is The Little Engine That Could, and their final book, at age 5 when they “graduate” from the program, is Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Imagination Library Week in Wilson County is set for the week of Sept. 21 Simpson said to participate, day care centers/child care providers must have at least 10 or more children enrolled. “We want as many children in one setting as possible,” she added.

Wilson Books from Birth began in September 2005. Funding comes from the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation, as well as private and corporate donors.

Simpson said local officials with the program wanted to celebrate its fourth birthday while at the same time not spending any more money than absolutely necessary.

“Every non-profit is so tight right now,” Simpson said, referring to the economic recession, and noted “we wanted to make it where we don’t spend a lot of money.”

If your day care center/child care provider facility would like to participate in the fourth birthday celebration during the week of Sept. 21, you must call Wilson Books from Birth at 444-5586 by Monday, Sept. 14. You will need to provide a contact person and telephone number and the address of your facility.

Simpson said there are 3,980 children enrolled in the Wilson Books from Birth program and that 2,300 children have graduated out, meaning they reached the age of 5.

If you are interested in registering your child in the program – there is no cost to families for the books – you can also call 444-5586.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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