New plan could bring bookshelves to local laundromats

New plan could bring bookshelves to local laundromats

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Right now, Family Bubble Laundromat off Sutherland is the only location that's signed on. Right now, Family Bubble Laundromat off Sutherland is the only location that's signed on.
"She helps turn the pages, she'll point, and it's very interactive. That's one of her favorite times of the day," said Marshall's mom, Whitni Rolfes. "She helps turn the pages, she'll point, and it's very interactive. That's one of her favorite times of the day," said Marshall's mom, Whitni Rolfes.
"The idea really is not only putting books in the hands of children that might not have it otherwise, it's creating excitement behind reading," said Imagination Library Board Member Christie Knapper. "The idea really is not only putting books in the hands of children that might not have it otherwise, it's creating excitement behind reading," said Imagination Library Board Member Christie Knapper.
"For the moms who have books that their kids have grown a little bit out of and they don't need them anymore. It's just a great way for them to clean house," said owner Pace McCamy. "For the moms who have books that their kids have grown a little bit out of and they don't need them anymore. It's just a great way for them to clean house," said owner Pace McCamy.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Imagination Library is rolling out its new plan for mobile bookshelves to get more kids reading.

Organizers think a laundromat is the right place for kids to get their hands on as many books as possible.

There are three books that 1-year-old Marshall Rolfes never gets tired of hearing. Her mom gets them in the mail, thanks to Imagination Library.

"She helps turn the pages, she'll point, and it's very interactive. That's one of her favorite times of the day," said Marshall's mom, Whitni Rolfes.

To help even more kids just like Marshall, there's a new push in Knox County to add bookshelves at a laundromat.

"The idea really is not only putting books in the hands of children that might not have it otherwise, it's creating excitement behind reading," said Imagination Library Board Member Christie Knapper.

It's part of the Knox County Imagination Library's solution to a problem in the past, where undelivered books were being tossed by the post office if families fell of the foundation's radar.

"If they don't have a transfer of address for that person we will lose that child. So this is our hope to help reach some of that transient population that we may be missing through those moves," added Knapper.

Organizers are starting with retired children's books and places like Barre3 in Knoxville volunteered to be a drop-off point.

"For the moms who have books that their kids have grown a little bit out of and they don't need them anymore. It's just a great way for them to clean house," said owner Pace McCamy.

Right now, Family Bubble Laundromat off Sutherland is the only location that's signed on.

"If it's at the laundromat, at a community room in their apartment complex, a waiting room in a doctor's office, wherever we can do this we're hopeful to expand this program in the future," said Knapper.

And the moral of this story is simply creating a lifelong love of reading.

"We have books in her diaper bag, in the car, and at home," said Rolfes.

If you have gently used or new books you'd like to donate, you can drop them off at Knox County Imagination library located off W. Church Avenue in Knoxville.

You can also set up a time to drop off books by calling (865) 215-8784 or (865) 215-8750.

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