Kids under the age of five who live in Hancock County can get a free age-appropriate book every month by registering with the Literacy Coalition Network. The book program, entering its second year, was made possible by a partnership between the Literacy Coalition Network of Hancock County and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
The LCN coordinates and supports community initiatives that promote lifelong literacy. LCN officials discovered a need to target preschool-aged children for increased literacy and will test the effectiveness of the program in years to come. Bill McAllister, director of the LCN, said the program has been well-received in the community with about 850 children currently enrolled. “Parents and grandparents tell us how excited kids get when the books come in the mail,” McAllister said. “They come addressed to the child in clear wrap so they can see the book, and the children just want to read it right away.” Any child living in Hancock County from birth to age five is eligible for the program. Registration forms are available at most child care centers and many churches in Findlay. -SM
Contact Bill McAllister at 419-422-7525, ext. 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up, or visit the Literacy Coalition Network
Located inside the Hancock County Educational Service Center at 7746 CR 140, Findlay, OH 45840