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First Book provides 3,676 books to literacy programs

staff report • Oct 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

KINGSPORT — First Book-Greater Kingsport announced Tuesday that 3,676 new books will be given to three literacy programs serving Greater Kingsport’s children in need. The literacy programs served are those at Andrew Johnson Elementary School, Fort Blackmore Primary School and Shoemaker Elementary School.

A total of 1,153 students will receive books during the remainder of the school year. According to First Book-Greater Kingsport, the free books will enable the children to start their own home libraries, which can be shared with their siblings and families. They will also receive, with each book, a bookplate on which to write their name celebrating the importance of book ownership.

Additional literacy programs in the Greater Kingsport area that have recently received book grants from First Book-Greater Kingsport include the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, Girls Inc. of Kingsport, Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Emmett Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Central Heights Elementary and Yuma Elementary.

First Book-Greater Kingsport is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led advisory boards that provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. These book grants were made possible through local fund-raising efforts by First Book-Greater Kingsport.

First Book provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy — access to books.

First Book-Greater Kingsport has been distributing books to programs serving children in need since 2004. The First Book Advisory Board is composed of individuals from the community representing organizations and businesses such as Eastman Chemical Co., Kiwanis Club of Kingsport, Sullivan County and Kingsport Retired Teachers Associations, and the Literacy Council of Kingsport.

In 2011, First Book-Greater Kingsport distributed approximately 11,000 books to children in need.

For more information or to get involved with First Book-Greater Kingsport, e-mail Kingsport_tn@firstbook.org.

First Book has distributed more than 90 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the United States and Canada.

For more information about the nonprofit First Book, visit www.firstbook.org or call (866) 393-1222.

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