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:

Anderson

Briceville Public Library


Bedford

Argie Cooper Public Library - Shelbyville

Benton

Benton County Library- Camden

Bradley

Cleveland Public Library 


Campbell

Caryville Public Library

Jellico Public Library

LaFollette Public Library

 

Cannon

Cannon County Library System - Woodbury

 

Claiborne

Barbara Reynolds Carr Memorial Library -Tazewell

 

Clay

Clay County Public Library - Celina

 

Cocke

Stokely Memorial Library- Newport

 

Coffee

Lannom Memorial Public Library - Tullahoma

 

Decatur

Parsons Public Library

 

DeKalb

Justin Potter Library - Smithville

 

Dyer

Hamilton Parks Public Library - Trimble

McIver’s Grant Public Library - Dyersburg

 

Gibson

Gibson County Memorial Library - Trenton

Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library - Milan

 

Giles

Ardmore Public Library

Giles County Public Library - Pulaski

 

Grundy

Beersheba Springs Public Library

 

Hamilton

Collegedale Public Library - Ooltewah

 

Hardeman

Middleton Community Library

 

Henry

W.G. Rhea Public Library - Paris

 

Humphreys

Humphreys County Public Library - Waverly

 

Jefferson

Jefferson City Public Library

Dandridge Memorial Library

White Pine Public Library

 

Lake

Tiptonville Public Library

 

Lauderdale

Lauderdale County Library - Ripley

 

Lewis

Lewis County Public Library - Hohenwald

 

Loudon

Greenback Public Library

Philadelphia Public Library

 

Madison

Jackson-Madison County Library

 

Marion

May Justus Memorial Library - Monteagle

 

Marshall

Marshall County Memorial Library - Lewisburg

 

McMinn

Etowah Carnegie Library

 

Meigs

Decatur Public Library

 

Morgan

Coalfield Public Library

Wartburg Public Library

 

Obion

Obion County Public Library - Union City

 

Overton

Millard Oakley Public Library - Livingston

 

Putnam

Putnam County Public Library - Cookeville

 

Roane

Kingston Public Library

Rockwood Public Library

 

Robertson

White House Inn Library and Museum

 

Rutherford

Linebaugh Public Library System - Murfreesboro

 

Sevier

Sevier Co. Public Library System - Sevierville

 

Sumner

Westmoreland Public Library

 

Tipton

Tipton County Public Library - Covington

 

Trousdale

Fred A. Vaught Mem. Public Library - Hartsville

 

Unicoi

Unicoi County Public Library - Erwin

 

Union

Luttrell Public Library

Maynardville Public Library

 

Wayne

Wayne County Library - Waynesboro

 

Weakley

Dr. Nathan Porter Library - Greenfield

Sharon Public Library

 

White

White County Public Library - Sparta

 

Williamson

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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