Dolly Parton - Imagination Library!
What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, ageappropriate books directly to their homes, she hoped that children would become excited about books and would feel the magic that reading can create. Moreover, the program could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in 2000 she announced that she would make the literacy program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. The program provides each child enrolled with a free book every month from birth until his/her fifth birthday. The goal is to enable every child in the parish to read age-appropriate books by the time he/she enters school. Almost 700,000 children under the age of five, in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, receive books from the Imagination Library each month. Over 40,000,000 books have been mailed to children since the program began in 1996. How does it work? A local champion agrees to secure funding and manage the program in their community. For a program to reach it’s maximum potential, it is critical to have the support of community leaders, businesses, churches, parents, and educators...it takes the entire community to make the program a success! The Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence is proud to be the local champion for this program in Terrebonne Parish. Partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library makes it possible for us to provide the books to the community in the most cost effective manner. As the local champion, TFAE promotes the program, registers children and secures funding to continue the program
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