Young children in Door County will soon start receiving free books in the mail. The Door County Partnership for Children and Families, a program of United Way of Door County, is working to bring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to local children. Every child that registers for Door County’s program will receive one new, age appropriate book per month from birth until their fifth birthday.
“Our mission is school success, and part of that is increasing early childhood literacy in Door County,” said Candis Dart, Coordinator for the Door County Partnership for Children and Families.
The Imagination Library is a 60-volume home library for young children. It was created to stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage reading within the family at an early age. In December of 1999, Parton announced that she would extend the opportunity to communities to replicate The Imagination Library in their own area. While each community must financially support its own effort, the foundation provides technical assistance in setting up the program.
The Door County Partnership for Children and Families is currently raising funds for this program. Online registration for Door County families officially begins Jan. 1, 2019. Families may also register in person at kick-off events planned for later this fall.
Anyone interested in receiving more information or making a donation to the program can contact Candis Dart at [email protected] or 920.421.3144.