Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes To Century

June 28, 2008


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has come to Century, with plans to provide a free book every month for every child under five years old.

In 1996, Dolly  launched an e 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. And she wanted to insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

She decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under five in Sevier County, Tennesee. 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 mailbox. These moments continue each month until the child turns five,and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Now children under in the Century area can signup for the same program under the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  They will receive a new age appropriate book each month until they turn five…all at absolutely no cost. And, there are no income requirements for the program.

“Parents will not pay a dime for the program,” said Larry Kenny from the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County which administers the program locally. “They will not be added to any kind of mailing list; their information is kept private and used only to mail the books free of charge to their homes.”

Century area parents were able to enroll their children in the program for the first time during a celebration the the Campfire USA Child Development Center.

Parents can continue to enroll their children in the free program during regular business hours at Campfire USA on Industrial Boulevard and at the Century Pharmacy on Mayo Street.

Funding for the program in the Century area is provided by the Teaspoon Foundation and Century Pharmacy.

Pictured above: Jared Bevan, 4, enjoys reading one of the books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at Campfire USA in Century Friday morning. Pictured below: Some of the books from the program. photos, click to enlarge.



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