When Dollywood puts anything to song and dance, you know it's going to be good. When they put one of Imagination Library's most beloved books to song and dance, it's a must see. We are very pleased to partner with Dollywood's Penguin Players as they present Pretend by Jennifer Plecas.
It tells the touching story of a father and son as they set off on an adventure together, exploring imaginations and discovering their love for each other.
Pretend kicks off the Children's Festival of Reading on May 19 at 10:00 in World's Fair Park. The free performances will tour the following branch libraries:
- Monday, May 21 at 11:00 at Halls Branch Library
- Monday, May 21 at 4:00 at Bearden Branch Library
- Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 at Murphy Branch Library
- Tuesday, May 22 at 3:30 at Karns Branch Library
- Wednesday, May 23 at 10:30 at Burlington Branch Library
- Wednesday, May 23 at 3:30 at Cedar Bluff Branch Library
- Thursday, May 24 at 10:00 at Sequoyah Branch Library
- Thursday, May 24 at 2:00 at Farragut Branch Library
- Friday, May 25 at 10:30 at Powell Branch Library
- Friday, May 25 at 2:00 at Fountain City Branch Library
About summer reading
Research shows that summer reading is one of the most important steps in preventing academic backslide through the summer months, particularly for struggling readers. UTK's Dr. Richard Allington and Dr. Anne McGill-Franzen have found that voluntary selection of materials and access to books over the summer can have as much impact as attending summer school.
Knox County Public Library's summer reading programs encourage readers of all ages to read or be read to for 20 minutes each day. When readers reach their reading goals, they will earn a prize pack valued at over $200. In addition to a rewards book with free entrance to area attractions and free eats and treats, listeners will earn a prize. Registration for the Summer Library Clubs opens on May 19 at the Children's Festival of Reading, online at www.knoxlib.org or at any Knox County Public Library facility.