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ORAU and Imagination Library Bring Books to Life

April 9, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Penguin Players presented to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students at Woodland Elementary a 20-minute musical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s book, The Gruffalo. In addition to Woodland Elementary, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) helped facilitate similar performances at nine other area schools in an effort to promote and increase participation in the Imagination Library program. Since becoming Anderson County’s Imagination Library corporate sponsor in 2001, ORAU has sent more than 98,000 free books to every registered child in the county each month from birth until age five.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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