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Thomasville-- Kenton Summers loves for his parents to read to him, and Librarian System Director Nancy Tillinghast says its because kids follow by example.  "If a child hears a mothers or father's voice reading and they see books and they hear books and pictures, then they know that's a good thing," she says.

In Kenton's case, it started early.  "We started reading from day one. We even, I would read while my wife was pregnant, and actually read to her stomach and then when he was born that just kind of continued," says his father Edward Summers.  Now at age 2, Kenton gets a new book every month in the mail thanks to this program.

"Dolly Parton started it in Tennessee. There was a high illiteracy rate and she said we need to find something to do," explains Tillinghast.  Brought to Georgia by the First Foundation in Madison, Thomas county is among the first to adopt it here in South Georgia.  "We've done fund raising, have donations from foundations and individuals to purchase these books for the children," Tillinghast sayts.

 The first book they're giving out is "The Little Engine That Could."  "It's about trains!" says Kenton.   Flowers Foods wanted to contribute by providing a place for the children to house all their new books. "This is a great program that encourages children at a young age to get really excited about reading, which is why Flowers was so happy to get involved in it," says Mary Krier, Vice President of Communications for Flowers Foods.   Now kids like Kenton, and his little sister Emery, are already on the right track.

If you live in Thomas County and you have children 5 and under you can take them to any of the Thomas county libraries to sign up for the program. They'll also be giving away the train and track bookends at the main library on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

 

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