Preschool children of Harrison County can start receiving FREE books in the mail! The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) is working with The Dollywood Foundation and many local agencies to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to local preschool children. Every child who is registered in the program will receive one hardcover, age appropriate book per month until age 5. Any child registration received at the HCCF office by 12:00 p.m. on December 7 will receive their first book in the mail in January.
The Imagination Library is a home library for preschool children. It was created to stimulate Youth imaginations and encourage reading within the family at an early age. A panel of child educators selects the books for the library each year, always beginning the series with a special copy of “The Little Engine That Could.”
The Dollywood Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit foundation founded in 1988 by Dolly Parton to support educational projects and improve the quality of life in Dolly's native Sevier County, Tennessee. The mission of the foundation is to share the life and legacy of Dolly Parton as an inspiration for children to "Dream More...Learn More...Care More...and Be More."
In December of 1999, Dolly 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 Dollywood Foundation will provide technical assistance in setting up the program, assist with public relations and marketing materials, work with Dolly on national/international promotional efforts, and convene the growing network to inspire, share, and innovate. The Dollywood Foundation will also manage the composition of the library and coordinate the ordering and mailing of the books to maximize cost effectiveness.
The experiences of thousands of families, as well as research in child development, affirm the benefits of early learning experiences for children. Research shows that activities such as reading regularly with children, beginning in infancy, can produce a significant growth in I.Q., which lasts a child's lifetime. Parents are the first and most important teachers their children will ever have.
To celebrate, a special kick-off event is planned for Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Harrison County Public Library Children’s Library. Members of the Metro United Way Success By Six team will be available to meet with families and register children for this outstanding program. The event will include a clown, registrations, refreshments and door prizes.
Additionally, the Metro United Way Success By Six team will set up registration booths at the Corydon Wal-Mart on November 17 and December 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in receiving more information is encouraged to contact the Harrison County Community Foundation at 812-738-6668 or to visit the Imagination Library offical website, where children may also register.
Parents wishing to enroll their children may do so at the Harrison County Community Foundation or at any of the following locations:
- Harrison County Community Services
- Harrison County Health Department
- Harrison County Hospital
- Harrison County Public Library
- First Steps near Rainbow’s End Childcare in Corydon
- YMCA of Harrison County