dolly parton library 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/15/13) – If you’re a parent looking for an inexpensive way to help your young child begin the reading process, the Daviess County Imagination Library might be the place to start.
 
The Imagination Library, started by Dolly Parton, was originally just for the children of the East Tennessee area but has since grown to serve almost 688,000 in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. The local chapter has put books in 2,500 local children’s hands since its beginnings in 2008. The Daviess County program sends out a monthly book to kids from birth to five years old whose parents have signed up on their website. The program doesn’t have any restrictions on eligibility.
 
“There are no socio-economic conditions (affecting who can request a book),” said Nancy Roberts, Daviess County Imagination Library Director. “It doesn’t matter who you are.”
 
Roberts said reading deficiency is still very high in the Daviess County area, but the program is looking to decrease the numbers starting early in development.
 
“The program helps children learn new words and vocabulary, but also show to properly handle a book,” said Roberts.
 
The Daviess County Imagination Library is mostly funded on grants and donations. A Storybook breakfast emphasizing the importance of reading held in May raised $2,000 for the program. The annual Spelling Bee will return later this year to hopefully gain some more funds as well, she said.
 
An average book order for Daviess County is $5,000 monthly. Being fee-free, it costs the program $30 a year per child, which is 12 books sent out plus postage to their homes.
 
The program has hosted many projects at local day cares, public events, and even the county fair to raise awareness for reading deficiencies and to promote reading and their program, but they would still like to reach more children and their families.
 
“Reading is the key to learning,” said Roberts. “We want to teach these kids a lifetime love for reading.”
 
Parents can sign their children up or donate to the Daviess County Imagination Library by calling Nancy Roberts at 270-686-1668 or visiting www.imaginationlibrary.com.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Baptist Health Paducah Heart Attack Care Receives National Performance Award

PADUCAH, Ky. (8/31/15) — Heart attack treatment at Baptist Health Paducah was recently recognized among the nation's… Read More

Two Vehicle Collision Results in One Fatality

PADUCAH, Ky. (8/31/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, KSP responded on Aug. 30, 2015 at 3 p.m., to a… Read More

Most Read This Week

August 27, 2015 4795

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 3807

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 3658

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 26, 2015 2876

Man Charged with Theft, Meth, Marijuana Growing

by SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2456

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 17545

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11601

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 31, 2015 3807

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1463

Smoke Fills Business, Upstairs Apartment on Center

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 30, 2015 1148

Fire at Gas Pump Prompts Firefighters Swift Action

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 1126

Bremen's Father's Country Hams Kentucky Grand…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 709

Man's Threats Result in Evacuation of Adjacent…

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 611

Faith and Politics

by KET
August 31, 2015 601

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 599

One Injured When Dump Truck Overturns

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 519

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 449

KSP Conducting Death Investigation of Inmate

by SurfKY News