Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to Larimer County

Roll out of bed and stumble to your mailbox. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now available in Larimer County.

The country music singer’s International Children’s Literacy Program provides children ages 5 and younger with a free book each month to help spark an early love of reading. Parents in Larimer County can enroll their children in the program through United Way of Larimer County.

“People are very excited about the program,” said Alison Hines, senior vice president of resource development for Larimer County. “This is a really great opportunity to get books into the hands of families who might not have access to them.”

Any child 6 years old or older is eligible to participate in the program. In Larimer County alone, approximately 17,000 children are eligible.

Dolly Parton is reading a book from Imagination Library, an early childhood education project funded by her foundation. Imagine the library is now available in Larimer County.

Since launching the program last week, more than 2,000 people have signed up for their children, Hines said. They hope to have 4,200 families enroll in the program’s first year.

According to the program’s website, since the program’s inception in 1995, Imagination Library has sent more than 180 million books to children in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. In 2016, the program began delivering an average of 1 million books per month and has not slowed since.

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