What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
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Children enrolled in the program receive a free, high quality book in the mail each month from birth until they turn five. The first book for every enrolled child is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. After that, all books are geared toward the specific age of the child. By the time they enter kindergarten, children will have their own library of books and have already developed a lasting love of reading! Studies show children enrolled in the program are more prepared to enter school and become strong readers.
In Juneau, children enrolled in the program also receive a monthly Born Learning parent bulletin; filled with ideas for reading with children, and invitations to free local family events. Families are also invited to monthly Family Nights facilitated by the Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska (AEYC), thread, Best Beginnings, and the Juneau Public Libraries.
Children love getting a new book in the mail with their name on it, and you can help make that happen!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Southeast Alaska:
The Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska (AEYC) is the local coordinator of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 12 communities Southeast Alaska. Launched in Juneau in November 2006, with start-up funds from Communities In Schools, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library serves over 2,000 children in the following communities of Southeast Alaska: Angoon, Craig, Haines, Gustavus, Kake, Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Tenakee Springs, Wrangell, and Yakutat. Hoonah and Metlakatla also offer the program, which is managed locally.
We are approaching 100,000 books delivered to young children on the program since the program started in Southeast Alaska!
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More about the Imagination Library in Alaska:
There are now more than 20,000 children enrolled in the Imagination Library in Alaska – about 1 in 3 eligible children! Over 100 communities offer the program.http://www.bestbeginningsalaska.org/imagination-library.html
Brief History of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:
In 1996, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library began benefiting children in Dolly Parton’s hometown of East Tennessee. In 2000, Dolly Parton replicated the program for any community with local support. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.