In partnership with Communities in Schools of Tennessee, students from Caldwell Elementary Schoolhelped kick off Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week on Monday, Sept. 18, by attending a reading event at the Senate Library of the Tennessee Capitol with First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) Burns Phillips.

Imagination Library Week is part of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), which promotes early childhood literacy in Tennessee’s birth to age five population. In partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, all preschoolers in Tennessee can sign up to receive high quality, age-appropriate books in the mail every month at no cost to families.

“When we come together and align our resources around early literacy and education, we can truly make a difference for Tennessee’s children,” said First Lady Crissy Haslam in a release. “Tennessee’s Imagination Library helps our children develop the early literacy and life skills to ensure their educational success, from kindergarten to the Tennessee Promise. Bill and I are proud of TNECD and TDLWD’s recognition of early literacy in preparing our children from the ‘cradle to career’.”

See photos from the event below.