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

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission.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.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4108

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3445

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3305

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2859

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2754

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15406

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8441

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 03, 2015 1168

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 881

Faith Baptist Hosts Family Fun Day

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 600

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 573

Dave Says - May 3, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
May 02, 2015 500

Conquering the clutter: Cleanliness with kids is…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 434

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 423

Legislator's Log - Week of May 3, 2015

by Brent Yonts
May 03, 2015 393

2015 Correctional Employees' Week Celebrated…

by Michael Caudill
May 03, 2015 374

Outdoor Truths – May 3, 2015

by Gary Miller
May 03, 2015 347

Keeping the Faith - 'You Are Stuck With You'

by Ronnie McBrayer