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Baby's Got Mail: Free Books Boost Early Literacy

Parton first launched the Imagination Library in 1995 in eastern Tennessee, where she grew up in poverty with a father who couldn't read. The program expanded nationally in 2000. Now, there are Imagination Library programs in all but one state and in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada — reaching more than 1 million children a month in the U.S.

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18 Great Books You Probably Haven't Read

I need a smoke...

Where was this Kent cigarette ad found?



















In this 1974 paperback.














If you had asked me yesterday when cigarette ads were last placed in books I would have guessed mid-1960s. The color ad was a single page with a different Kent ad on each side. The ad was bound into the book.
Kids read to dog at Moore libraryThe Moore Public Library's "Barks, Books and Buddies" allows children to read to dogs, who are always nonjudgmental listeners.
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