Turner Industries, United Way fund Geismar Imagination Library

Staff Report

GEISMAR -Turner Industries announced that it will fund Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for children from birth to five years old who live in Geismar.

Imagination Library is a nationwide, early learning program started by Dolly Parton, and brought to the local community by Capital Area United Way.

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched this exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county's preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child, age five and under, would have access to books, regardless of their family's income. Since October 2004, more than 10.1 million Imagination Library books have been delivered to Tennessee children.

Through the program, an age appropriate book is mailed to a child's house each month for a year. Through Turner Industries' donation, each Geismar child under the age of five who registers will receive a free book in the mail every month for 12 months.

Initial registration will take place at the Geismar Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Those who cannot register on the 17th will have an opportunity to register throughout the year by visiting the Geismar Community Center for a registration form.  The community center is located at 12060 Hwy 73, Geismar.

In partnership with Entergy River Bend, Turner Industries, Dow Amerchol, and the City of Greensburg, United Way has launched this early childhood literacy initiative in St. Helena, West Feliciana, and the City of Geismar this year.