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Dolly Partons' Imagination Library (PIOG

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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I love this program and the twins love the books. We got our new one for the month today and they were jumping up and down when the mailman was at the door with thier books. Even at 2 they know lol. This months book is "A Lot of Otters", looks cute and will be thier bedtime book for the next month. If you have never heard of the program here is a little over view.

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. 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.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Needless to say the experience has been a smashing success. So much so that many other communities clamored to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Dolly thought long and hard about it and decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to participate. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library. Moreover a database was built to keep track of the information.

Consequently, in March of 2000 she stood at the podium of The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and revealed the plan for other communities to provide the Imagination Library to their children. And as only Dolly can say it, she wanted to “put her money where her mouth is – and with such a big mouth that’s a pretty large sum of money” and provide the books herself to the children of Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – communities where her businesses now operate. If other leaders in their communities were willing to do the same, well something big might just happen.

You know what? It did!!

David Dotson, Executive Director of The Dollywood Foundation, Dolly Parton, Lady Jackson, President of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, and Phil Bredesen, Governor, State of Tennessee.


Here’s how it works:

A community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.

From there The Dollywood Foundation takes over and manages the system to deliver the books to the home. You can find out more of the operational details on other pages in this website – so what are you waiting for! Hundreds of communities are providing books to hundreds of thousands of children.




If you want to check to see if your area hosts this you can check and sign up here.

Imagination Library

by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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RobynS
by Robyn on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I've never heard of this. Thanks for the post!! We LOVE reading. =)

sweetpeatexas21
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

yet another reason to love dolly parton :)

Ezranight
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Exactly...she's an inspiraton...more people should be the kind of role model she is!  (and I'm not talking fashion, lol)

Quoting sweetpeatexas21:

yet another reason to love dolly parton :)





 




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2and2onway
by on Feb. 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM

bump



melisawoosley
by on Feb. 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM

LOVE this program!

2and2onway
by on Feb. 5, 2010 at 5:52 AM

bump



bhwrn1
by on Feb. 5, 2010 at 6:03 AM

I've never heard of this. Good for her! Awesome that she wants to make sure children have books! That's so important.

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 5, 2010 at 6:04 AM

I agree!

Quoting Ezranight:

Exactly...she's an inspiraton...more people should be the kind of role model she is!  (and I'm not talking fashion, lol)

Quoting sweetpeatexas21:

yet another reason to love dolly parton :)



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2and2onway
by on Jul. 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

BUMP!

2and2onway
by on Aug. 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

BUMP!

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