I is for Imagination Library

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton receiving the Woodrow Wilson Award.

Dolly Parton, the famous singer/songwriter, started something wonderful in 1996 when she decided to foster a love of reading among her counties preschool children and families. So she decided to mail a book per month to children in Sevier County who were under the age of 5. The first book she mailed out to the preschool children in her hometown in Tennessee was “The Little Engine That Could ™” and the last book those children would receive in the first program was “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come” just before they would be heading off to kindergarten.

The idea of the Imagination Library program caught on. Numerous other communities wanted to get in on this type of program. Free books for preschoolers, regardless of their families income, could only provide a great reading foundation for the children in these communities.

Soon enough Dolly Parton as she put it, “put her money where her mouth is – and with such a big mouth that’s a pretty large sum of money,” by providing books to children in Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Other communities wanted in on the action too. Ms. Parton then partnered with Penquin Group USA who is now the exclusive provider of Imagination Library books. Penquin chooses which books are just right to send to preschoolers on a monthly basis until they go off to kindergarten.

Every community has the opportunity to bring an Imagination Library to their area. You can find out exactly how to get your community in on this wonderful idea that will bring books into the hands of small readers by visiting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today.

  1. Love Dolly and sounds like a great cause. Thanks for a great posting!

    Stopped by via the A-Z challenge! Come visit me here: http://rodneysouthernsays.blogspot.com/2011/04/justice-is-death-penalty-answer.html

  2. Marie Anne says:

    I remember when she started this program. Kudos to Ms Dolly!

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