Children's Cabinet Awards Computers Across The State

137 Early Literacy Computer Stations Go To Public Libraries, Family Childcare Programs

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet co-chaired by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children.  These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

“Giving a child the necessary building blocks to learn to read is critical to a child’s education and future success, and it is exciting that so many communities across Tennessee took advantage of this opportunity,” Governor Haslam said.

Computer station recipients were chosen through a competitive process run jointly by the Children’s Cabinet, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the state Department of Human Services. Computer award recipients demonstrated a commitment to promoting early literacy and engagement of families. 

“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.” Mrs. Haslam said. “We are excited to provide these valuable tools to boost early literacy in communities across Tennessee.”

Computer stations have been awarded to selected public libraries in the following counties:


Briceville Public Library


Argie Cooper Public Library - Shelbyville


Benton County Library- Camden


Cleveland Public Library 


Caryville Public Library

Jellico Public Library

LaFollette Public Library



Cannon County Library System - Woodbury



Barbara Reynolds Carr Memorial Library -Tazewell



Clay County Public Library - Celina



Stokely Memorial Library- Newport



Lannom Memorial Public Library - Tullahoma



Parsons Public Library



Justin Potter Library - Smithville



Hamilton Parks Public Library - Trimble

McIver’s Grant Public Library - Dyersburg



Gibson County Memorial Library - Trenton

Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library - Milan



Ardmore Public Library

Giles County Public Library - Pulaski



Beersheba Springs Public Library



Collegedale Public Library - Ooltewah



Middleton Community Library



W.G. Rhea Public Library - Paris



Humphreys County Public Library - Waverly



Jefferson City Public Library

Dandridge Memorial Library

White Pine Public Library



Tiptonville Public Library



Lauderdale County Library - Ripley



Lewis County Public Library - Hohenwald



Greenback Public Library

Philadelphia Public Library



Jackson-Madison County Library



May Justus Memorial Library - Monteagle



Marshall County Memorial Library - Lewisburg



Etowah Carnegie Library



Decatur Public Library



Coalfield Public Library

Wartburg Public Library



Obion County Public Library - Union City



Millard Oakley Public Library - Livingston



Putnam County Public Library - Cookeville



Kingston Public Library

Rockwood Public Library



White House Inn Library and Museum



Linebaugh Public Library System - Murfreesboro



Sevier Co. Public Library System - Sevierville



Westmoreland Public Library



Tipton County Public Library - Covington



Fred A. Vaught Mem. Public Library - Hartsville



Unicoi County Public Library - Erwin



Luttrell Public Library

Maynardville Public Library



Wayne County Library - Waynesboro



Dr. Nathan Porter Library - Greenfield

Sharon Public Library



White County Public Library - Sparta



Bethesda Public Library - Thompson’s Station


Sixty-one family childcare programs located in East, Middle, and West Tennessee are also among computer station award winners. The stations were purchased with $381,000 of a $2.4 million federal grant. The mission of the Children’s Cabinet is to coordinate, streamline and enhance the state’s efforts to provide needed resources and services to Tennessee’s children. The computer station awards are a specific example of investing resources in Tennessee families and communities.

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