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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Infant Toddler PreSchool Books Literacy

By Diane Braun January 16, 2021

In 1995, Dolly Parton had a vision to foster a love of reading among her country’s preschoolers.  Her vision included goals to bring families together, improve early childhood literacy and improve children’s scores on early reading tests.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was born and is now a part of more than 1600 communities around the world.

The Imagination Library provides a gift of a specially selected book each month to children from birth to age five. These are high quality, age-appropriate books that are mailed directly to the children’s homes to give them an opportunity to feel the magic that books can create. This program is for EVERY qualifying child, regardless of their family’s income.

There is a Warrick County Imagination Library that is spear headed by volunteers whose vision is to promote literacy by spreading the love of reading to all families of preschoolers in Warrick County. Established in 2016 by the Castle North Middle School generationOn Club, the first registrations were accepted in January 2017 for children living in Warrick County who were born after January 1 of that year.  The CNMS generationOn Club continues to support the project by publishing and selling a book each year for the Imagination Library, writing grants and building new partnerships. The newest book, “W Is For Warrick County” is available now and would make a great gift for anyone who has roots in Warrick County.  More information can be found by visiting the Warrick Literacy and Education Connection website or Facebook page.

“Light a fire in the imagination of children by reading with them every day!”