Dolly Parton launched an exciting new project in 1995 called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The aim is to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA.
Dolly’s amazing vision was to instill and nurture 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 age-appropriate, high quality books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom!
Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.
There is simply no limit on how far this program can go and to what ends of the earth, but it is an absolute impossibility without your help. If your community or a community that you are aware of doesn’t yet offer this proven early childhood literacy program, then we encourage you to get involved!
It really is so simple to bring the Imagination Library to life in your community. If you’d like to be part of this amazing initiative, follow this link to get a simple checklist of what you need to do:
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