United Way of Moscow/Latah County Celebrates Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 200 Millionth Book Milestone

Dolly’s gifting a special bookmark to seven children in her Imagination Library program as part of  “200 Million Reasons to Celebrate”

Moscow, IDDolly Parton’s Imagination Library is turning over a new chapter in The Imagination Library legacy – celebrating 200 million books gifted globally since inception in 1995. The early childhood book-gifting programmails a high-quality, free book each month to children from birth to age five. United Way of Moscow/Latah County is excited to celebrate with every child/family enrolled locally. Since the start of the program in Latah County in January 2023, almost 300 children have signed up to receive books from Dolly’s Imagination Library.

To celebrate this global 200 million book milestone, seven enchanting Dolly bookmarks will be randomly hidden inside Imagination Library books gifted during International Literacy Month (September) to children/families currently enrolled in the program. (Children must be enrolled by July 31, 2023 to receive Imagination Library books in September).

Seven random children/families in five countries who find the Dolly bookmarks in their Imagination Library books will receive, if they choose, a video chat with Dolly, a personalized signed letter from Dolly, an autographed photo from Dolly, and four Dollywood Theme Park tickets. The Dollywood Foundation will also donate $2000 on behalf of the child to their Local Imagination Library Partner in their community as a thank you to who Dolly calls the true heroes of her program.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started the Imagination Library in 1995 to serve the children of her hometown in Sevier County, Tennessee. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 2.4 million free, high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to children around the world.  There is never a charge to families who participate in the program and it is open to all children under the age of five in geographic areas with operating programs.

“I know there are children in communities around the world with big dreams and the seeds of these dreams are often found in books,” said Dolly. “It’s been one of my greatest gifts in life to help instill a love of reading through my Imagination Library. Reaching 200 million books worldwide is a major milestone that I’m so very proud of, and I want to thank all of our local program partners, funders and supporters from the bottom of my heart. But we’re just getting warmed up, we have so much more to do! Together, we can inspire even more children to dream more, learn more, care more and be more.”

Participating in 200 Million Reasons to Celebrate is voluntary and does not affect enrollment in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. All children under five years of age who are actively enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by July 31, 2023, can participate. To learn more, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com/200-million-books.

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 200 million free books in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.  The Imagination Library mails more than two million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring children to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.

About United Way of Moscow/Latah County

United Way of Moscow/Latah County strives to support the health, education, and financial stability of all those in our community. In Latah County roughly 44% of households are classified as ALICE or below. ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, also referred to as “the working poor” are those just above the poverty line, who are vulnerable to one unexpected life event sending them into crisis. Through United Way of Moscow/Latah County donations can have the greatest impact on our community. United Way partners with local agencies to work toward fighting food insecurity, providing emergency shelter, helping kids succeed, building strong families, promoting health and independence, preventing violence, and protecting elderly at risk. Dolly’s Imagination Library in Latah County is supported by Beatriz & Edmund O. Schweitzer III. Thanks to the generosity of the Schweitzer’s United Way is able to continue annual giving to local nonprofits and build up Dolly’s Library in Latah County.

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