1 book a month for kids birth to age 5
The Friends of the Winona Public Library announced the opening of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Winona County. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library encourages a love of reading by sending free age-appropriate, high-quality books to registered children ages birth to five, every month.
“During this uncertain time, it is very important to get books in the hands of kids. Reading together is a chance to learn and bond as a family. We are so excited that the Friends have brought this invaluable service to the community,” said Tricia Wehrenberg, youth services librarian at Winona Public Library.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is brought to Winona in part by the Donna Helble Literacy Fund of the Winona Community Foundation. “Donna Helble was a tremendous advocate for increasing childhood literacy. When she directed a significant gift through her will to the Winona Community Foundation, her one request was that the foundation board of directors would make grants to support childhood literacy. When the people at the Winona Public Library approached us for funding Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, it was easy for the board to say ‘yes, this aligns perfectly with Donna’s request,’” said Nancy Brown, president/CEO Winona Community Foundation.
This program is free to anyone who lives in Winona County with children ages birth to five years old. People interested in registering their children or learning more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library should visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/.
About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100-million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4-million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Parton envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early-childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.