FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/14/2021
Contact: Rose Rulon
Eastern Shore Literacy Council
BUILD YOUR CHILD’S HOME LIBRARY WITH FREE BOOKS
Inspire a love of reading!
Melfa, VA: Inspire a love of reading and get up to 60 books for your child, thanks to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s international Imagination Library program is now available to children in Accomack and Northampton Counties.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a remarkable program designed to inspire the love of reading and learning in children. Dolly understands that reading is key to a strong education and that a child’s imagination is the center of dreams and creativity. By combining the two, the Imagination Library program inspires children to dream more, learn more, care more and be more.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails FREE books to children’s homes. All children from birth until they turn five years old are eligible. The ESLC is working to guarantee children in our community gain a love of reading early on.
The Imagination Library books are carefully selected by Dolly and her staff to be age appropriate. Many come with suggestions to the reader on how to best enjoy the book with their child. Dolly provides the books with hopes that the adults and children spend hours enjoying their special time together. As a parent or caregiver, reading with your child is the most important activity that you can do to help set them up for future success.
The ESLC became a local affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library after receiving a start-up grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation. For this first year there will be a cap of 120 children, but next year the number will be raised pending additional funding.
According to Rose Rulon, ESLC Executive Director, the Council introduced the program to children on the Eastern Shore, after being approached by David Nees, Chincoteague Kiwanis Club member, who noted the success of the Imagination Library program on Chincoteague Island.
To register a child, parents and guardians can submit a registration form to the ESLC. Forms can be downloaded from the program’s website shoreliteracy.org, requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office at 757-789-1761. To register through the website, visit imaginationlibrary.com and click the “Availability” button and follow the steps.
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has gifted well over 165 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.8 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.
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