Through the generous financial support of their local Rotary Club, United Way of Lewis County was recently able to partner with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Imagination Library—founded by singer/songwriter and Jolene’s biggest rival, Dolly Parton—is a program which provides free, age-appropriate books to children ages 0–5.
The programs mails out one book each month to children enrolled, personally addressed to them. Upon enrolling in the program, the first book each child receives is “The Little Engine That Could,” and on the month the child turns five, they receive “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” The book list is carefully curated each year to aid in early language and math development, with several bilingual English/Spanish titles included.
Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1995 with the intent of helping young children in her home county develop an early love of reading and learning. Since then, the program has expanded internationally and delivers books to nearly one and a half million children every month.
Once the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is fully up and running in Lewis County, it will be completely free for families to register for the program, and start their children’s journey towards a lifelong love of books.