One of the reasons children aren’t being read to as much is due to lack of books in the home, and the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County believes they can eliminate that through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. In 1996, Dolly Parton launched the program to benefit the children of her home county in eastern Tennessee. Her vision, to foster a love of reading among the county’s preschool children and their families, is now available to children in Hancock County, at no cost to the family. A new carefully selected book will be mailed, in the child’s name, to his or her home each month from birth until he or she turns five years old.
Titles are chosen by a blue ribbon panel of educators, are age appropriate and have concepts that build upon each other. All children, regardless of household income, are eligible for the program. Registration is not based on socioeconomics, risk factors, participation in certain programs, parental factors or any other criteria, other than a child’s age and residence. For more information, and to sign a child up for the program, visit hancockliteracy.org/about-us/imagination-library