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Betsy Book Bus


Summer 2019 Betsy Book Bus Routes

These routes and times are subject to change! Check back on Mondays for any updates.



June 11-13
June 18-20
June 25-28
July 9-11
July 16-19


  • 11:00 West Side School
  • 11:45 Allen Ave/G St area
  • 12:30 Jena Beth (at G St/Hwy 67 W))
  • 1:00 Reeser Rd. area (address to come)
  • 2 p.m. Boys and Girls Club (June 9 ages 9-13;
    July 16 ages 5-8)


  • 10:15 Intersection of Johnson & Pine
    (behind HME) in June, and at HME in July
  • 11:30 Pine Ridge (aka Rolling Hills)
  • 12:15 Oak Street Baptist Church
  • 1:00 Black Bottom at the Parks
    and Recreation parking lot


  • 10:15 East Side – for ESP & Camp Read-A-Lot in
    June (ESP will move to HME in July)
  • 12:15 Lynn Ridge and Lynn Wood
  • 1:15 Cat Island Park
  • 2:00 Mobile Homes behind Taco Johns

About the Betsy Book Bus

The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation promotes early literacy efforts across the state of Tennessee by supporting and sustaining Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in all 95 counties. In Summer 2018, GBBF worked with three school systems in Northeast Tennessee to promote expanded engagement around books by launching summer book buses. Elizabethton City Schools launched the Betsy Book Bus in Elizabethton in Summer 2018 as part of this initiative. The purpose of the program is to improve literacy outcomes in Elizabethton.

In year one, 520 students received a total of 2,300 books!

Without exposure to rich texts throughout the summer, many students fall behind academically. We want to level the playing field for these students and work as a state to meet the Read to Be Ready literacy goal of 75 percent of third grade students being proficient in reading by 2025. GBBF, with an Appalachian Regional Commission Grant, provided partial funding to launch these buses. ECS donated the bus and labor to outfit the interior, and local sponsors helped us reach our fundraising goal to outfit the bus and staff the program. The program began in June 2018.

We couldn't do it without Sponsors!

We are currently seeking sponsors for our 2019 program. Sponsors will be recognized here, on social media, on press releases, and on flyers about the program. Additionally, sponsors donating more than $1,000 will have their logo placed on the bus for the duration of the summer program and school year. Please contact us today (423-547-8000) to get involved as a sponsor!

2019 Sponsors

Governor's Books from Birth Foundation    ARC Logo    
Southern Finance Logo
Niswonger Foundation Logo      TCAT Elizabethton Logo
Nick Street's Community Improvement Project

Harold McCormick PTAC    Friends & Family of Chase Seeley

West Side PTAC      East Side PTAC



2018 Sponsors

Academy Sports + Outdoors Logo
Governor's Books from Birth Foundation    ARC Logo    TCAT Elizabethton Logo
Niswonger Children's Hospital LogoNECCU LogoCitizens Bank LogoNiswonger Foundation Logo
      Carter County Bank Logo      FTDD logo

 Kiwanis Logo   Appalachian Family Dentistry logo      West Side PTAC     T. A. Dugger PTAC      East Side PTAC