Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

The world knows Theodor Seuss Geisel as Doctor Seuss, an American children’s author who, for 69 years, wrote and illustrated more than 60 books under his pen name. He was born March 2, 1904. For years, schoolchildren have and continue to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Lincoln County joins in the celebration.

Imagination Library of Lincoln County will celebrate Imagination Library Week from Feb. 28 through March 7 as part of its “Invest in Our Children” fundraising event.

The celebration kicks off with the sale of Dr. Seuss-inspired paintings from Jeannie Roles-Walter’s Lincoln County High School art students. Dr. Seuss would be proud of these students! Paintings are available at Ivy Wreath, Book Inn, Java Road, Kudzu and Proverbs Woman. Only a limited number are available!

Ivy Wreath will offer special discounts when a customer makes a donation to Imagination Library during the store’s Leap Year sale this week. See what the other stores have to offer when looking at each of the paintings.

All the money from the sale of these paintings will buy books for Lincoln County children enrolled in the Books from Birth program.

Then mark your calendar for Saturday, March 7, for Backstage Dances for Imagination Library, hosted by Melvie Myrick, owner of Backstage Performing Arts Studio, and assistant Jordan Allen.

The morning begins at 9 a.m., with Paula Williams teaching a Pi-Yo Class, followed at 10 a.m., with a yoga fusion class taught by Heather Clemons. Participants in these two classes should bring their own mats.

Then, Backstage Hip Hop Dancers take to the floor at 10:30 a.m., for an hour of fun and dance. What a fun morning for mothers and daughters, groups of friends and individuals!

Backstage Performing Arts Studio is located at 509 College Street West.

Cost of each class is a donation to Imagination Library of Lincoln County.

Currently, more than 1,300 children from birth to age five are enrolled in Lincoln County’s Books from Birth program at no cost to the child or parents; however, cost of operating the program for a year is more than $20,000, or $15 per child. This program is funded by donations from generous givers who want to ensure that children learn to read and succeed in school.

IL donors who raise $180 for Imagination Library will be listed The Elk Valley Times for a calendar year.

If you would like to participate and hold an Imagination Library fundraising event, please contact Imagination Library of Lincoln County Director Wanda Southerland at 615-390-6935.

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