Even the most determined distance runner has to take a detour now and then, and we must take a detour around a very exciting project.

The eighth annual Book It will be different.........and far easier on the feet!

With our construction project taking up all our space, we’re hosting a Zero K instead with an emphasis on food, foot races, games, face painting, music and line dancing. Because Books from Birth and Emmanuel Center don’t take a year off from their good work, we’re inviting all to join us for a party on the church lawn, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, September 16. The children from Emmanuel Center will join in the fun and lead the line dancing, which is now tradition.

You’ll get a commemorative race T shirt, plenty to eat and time to enjoy the fun and fellowship. We’ll also have face painting, a balloon animal artist and games. Food will be provided by Marco’s Pizza and Germantown Commissary.

Registration is $20.00 for adults and children 10 and older.

Registration is $10.00 for children ages 5-9 .

If you can’t attend the party, sign up as a spirit participant, sponsor a child or make a donation.

Sign up today and help make a difference in the lives of Memphis and Shelby County children and youth.


Books from Birth's mission is to promote kindergarten readiness and strengthen family bonds by providing a new age-appropriate book, at no cost, each month to Shelby County children from birth until age five. Presently, there are more than 36,000 children enrolled in the program. It is the local affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and a partner with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation.
Its vision: For our children, open a book, open a mind, open the door to success.


The Emmanuel Center serves more than 2,000 individuals each year through programs that inspire spiritual, physical and educational growth. The Emmanuel Center serves people who live in some of the poorest communities in the nation and its mission is to equip individuals to reach their God given potential. Our vision is hope, education and success for all children. The Emmanuel Cen
ter is changing lives and feels blessed to provide resources to the underprivileged. They know that these resources propel people out of poverty and into greatness.