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New partnership to strengthen free book program
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A recent partnership with Main Street McMinnville and a grant from US Bank have given Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Warren County a big boost.“Having managed Imagination Library since its inception, and understanding the value it holds in the lives of Warren County children, the Standard is delighted to welcome Main Street McMinnville as a partner in this vital literary program,” said Southern Standard publisher Pat Zechman. One of three pilot counties in the program, Warren County has participated in Imagination Library since 2004. The Standard, with the support of the Tennessee Press Association and an appropriation from Warren County government, assumed leadership in developing, promoting and implementing the program.Although difficult economic times have severely cut funding, the Standard has kept it operational with diminishing financial support.