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Rolling for Readers offers food, fun and funding for books

Amy Millhorn Leonard • Jun 23, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Do you like playing fun games with friends and family? Have you ever heard of BUNCO? Do you like delicious barbecue? How about having fun while raising money for the Sullivan County Imagination Library (SCIL)?

You can do all that and more at the fourth annual “Rolling for Readers Bunco & BBQ” event from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 25 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Church Circle, Kingsport.

Bunco is a dice game played using various rules recommended for adults and kids middle-school age and up. Players at “Rolling for Readers Bunco & BBQ” will play with streamlined rules in table rounds.

Long-time volunteer and Sullivan County Imagination Library President Sandra Little is excited about this year’s event.

“We had over 100 Bunco players last year and are hoping for more this year!” Sandra said. “Bunco is an easy game and easy to learn for new players, so come and play and eat good BBQ. If you can count to 21, then you can play!”

Great prizes, like tickets to Dollywood, passes to Hands On! Museum and gift cards for Amazon and Target, will be awarded for most points, most Buncos, most baby Buncos, most wins and most losses. There will also be door prizes from Mary Kay, Merle Norman and more as well as a book signed by Dolly Parton.

Braeden’s BBQ & Catering will provide the BBQ, Pal’s is providing tea and SCIL board members are making sides and desserts for the event.

“Our major sponsors this year are The Regional Eye Center, Kiwanis Club, King University, Sonja Fox Real Estate and Wilson Worley & Gamble, Attorneys,” says Sandra.

Individuals and groups are invited to register. “Pre-registration is $20 per person or $25 at the door. That includes Bunco and a BBQ dinner,” says Sandra.

To see Bunco rules and print a registration form, visit scimaginationlibrary.org. To register online and pay by card, go to www.eventbrite.com. Use keyword: Bunco. You can also email SCIL at [email protected]

About Imagination Library

Started by Dolly Parton as an outreach program to promote literacy and ensure that all young children are exposed to books and reading prior to school in Sevier County, Tennessee in 1996, the Imagination Library makes sure children ages birth to 5 years receive a free book in the mail each month.

Studies prove reading to young children has a long-term impact on them and their future success in school. If registered at birth, each child will amass a library of 60 books by the time they reach age 5. Area hospital birthing centers can sign up babies for Imagination Library and Niswonger Foundation donates each baby’s first book. Children can also be registered at any local library or health department as well as online at imaginationlibrary.com.

Imagination Library has grown tremendously. Presently over 1 million books are mailed each month at no cost to families throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Scotland and Australia. Here in Tennessee, the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation was formed in 2004 to help fund the program throughout the state by offsetting half the cost of books, typically $2.10 per book. Each county has its own Imagination Library organization to register families and coordinate distribution of books to resident children and are responsible for the remaining half of the cost of books. The Dollywood Foundation coordinates the mailings of all the books and provides support to county organizations.

Set up in 2004, the Sullivan County Imagination Library (SCIL) has been making sure children in Sullivan County get registered and receive books each month. SCIL is an all-volunteer organization governed by a 24-member board. They raise money for books through fundraisers like “Rolling for Readers Bunco & BBQ” and “Brushstrokes for Books” to be held Nov. 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Some book funding is provided by Kingsport and Bristol’s United Way, other organizations, as well as registered $12 monthly individual donors. SCIL is hoping to sign up 70 monthly donors this year through their “Road to 70” campaign. “It is an easy way to help our program. The $12 is deducted each month from a donor’s credit card,” says Sandra.

To learn more about the program of the “Rolling for Readers Bunco! and BBQ” fundraiser, visit scimaginationlibrary.org or find the Sullivan County Imagination Library on Facebook.

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