Reviewed by: Pat Byington
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is celebrating the distribution of 200M books to children worldwide. This program is leaving its mark on the state of Alabama. Keep reading to learn more about the Imagination Library and its impact on children and families across the state.
What is Imagination Library?
Since 1995, Parton’s Imagination Library has distributed children’s books free of charge in order to foster a love of reading among children and their families. The mission of this program ensures that every child has access to books, regardless of their family’s income.
Each month, Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book to all registered children, at no cost to the child’s family. This can result in 60 books per child if they are signed up from birth to the maximum age of five.
Fun fact—Parton was inspired to start this program by her father’s inability to read. She wants to empower others with a passion for reading. Now, Imagination Library spans five countries.
Imagination Libraries across the state
For a closer look at the impact of Imagination Library, WTVY reported that there are Imagination Libraries scattered throughout the Wiregrass, from the heart of downtown Dothan to Fort Novosel, and they are all doing vital work to promote literacy in all Alabamians.
See how Imagination Libraries across southeast Alabama are promoting literacy to children:
- Barbour County: 286 registered
- Coffee County: 700 registered
- Covington County: 600+ registered
- Alfred Saliba Center: 550 registered
Across the rest of Alabama, there are 25+ counties and dozens of communities participating in and benefiting from Imagination Library.
To celebrate 200M books distributed, the Imagination Library will be hiding an “enchanting Dolly bookmark” in seven books to be shipped to enrolled children around the world. They will be given out in September, which is National Literacy Month.
There is no limit to how many children and families can and have been impacted by Imagination Library. Get in on the action and enroll your child today!
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