Monday, January 31, 2011

Dolly's Imagination Library

I had the pleasure of taking part in the Pulpwood Queens' Girlfriend Weekend, Jan 13-16 in Jefferson, TX. To say I had fun is a gross understatement. I had a BALL, especially at the Great Big Ball of Hair Ball! (You'd have to be there)

Not only does founder, Kathy Louise Patrick of Beauty and the Book - a beauty salon/bookstore - support literacy and authors, she is hugely involved in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. There's nothing this dynamo won't do when it comes to reading!

And, a shout-out goes to my home county, Harrison/Corydon, Indiana!

The Harrison County Community Foundation is again offering a 2:1 match during the 2011 calendar year; this time to support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program through the Early Readers Fund.

"The program will cost about $50,000 a year", reports executive director Steve Gilliland. "This double-match incentive is to recruit donor partners from the community to help us build an endowment that will perpetually fund the Imagination Library."

Joan and Pete Schickel quickly took advantage of the Foundation's offer. They provided nearly $25,000 in stock to become the lead private donor.

"Everyone knows how much we love children and our schools," says Joan. "Pete and I believe this program will help provide an appreciation for reading and give children a head start for kindergarten."

Please support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in your area. If your county doesn't have one, look into starting one!

Here's how:
A community must make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.

From there The Dollywood Foundation takes over and manages the system to deliver the books to the home. You can find out more of the operational details on other pages in this website – so what are you waiting for! Hundreds of communities are providing books to hundreds of thousands of children.

Check out the Pulpwood Queens, Beauty & the Book and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! Click Here

Mary Cunningham Books for 'Tweens

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