Sign-ups for Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Logan County are LIVE! All children under the age of 5 in Logan County are eligible. Click here to register your child. https://tinyurl.com/yaja3k4u
Dolly Parton believes that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything. Through her Imagination Library Program, she wants to ensure all children have books at home, regardless of the environment in which they live.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. They partner with local communities to provide one free, high-quality book each month to our children from birth to age five. These books are selected by early childhood experts to be age-appropriate, personalized with the child's name and mailed directly to the child's home. This creates a gifting experience that makes books exciting and encourages families to spend time enjoying books together.
Reading aloud to children at a young age can positively impact their brain development: When preschool children listen to stories, it activates the areas of their brains that are associated with processing images and narrative comprehension. Pediatrics - Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. With support from local funders and partners, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available to all preschool children, at no cost to the family, regardless of income. This model helped the Imagination Library receive a coveted Best Practice Award from the U.S. Library of Congress for addressing social barriers to literacy.
Visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/ to access proven and trusted resources for parents and caregivers including tips for reading to children and family engagement activities.
The cost per month is just $26 per year, and as of December 2023, the State of Illinois is paying half of this cost to support the program throughout the state. Our cost in Logan County is just $13 per year per child! Support a child to start a lifetime of learning today. Donate at https://www.uwlogancountyil.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=21