The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will once again offer library patrons the opportunity to share the joy of books with children during the annual “Give the Gift of Reading” program. Gift of Reading donations will be accepted from November 24 through December 31.
The beneficiary of this year’s Gift of Reading will be the Dolly Parton Imagination Library administered locally by the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County. The Imagination Library mails an age appropriate book each month to enrolled children ages 0-5. Numerous studies have shown that parent/child reading increases substantially in Imagination Library households. A study in Middletown, OH illustrated that children participating in the program scored 15% higher than non-participants in kindergarten literacy testing. Over 2,200 children are currently participating in Hancock County with 847 graduates from the program. Over 1.13 million children are enrolled in the Imagination Library worldwide.
Donations to Gift of Reading may be made at the check-out desk in the library lobby area or by mail at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, Gift of Reading, 206 Broadway, Findlay, OH 45840. For further information call the library at 422-1712.
More about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library:
There are many reasons parents do not read to their children, but the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County believes that they can eliminate one of those reasons: a lack of books within the home. In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. Donations boxes during the holiday season are located at the check out desks at the Main Library, Arlington Branch and Bookmobile.
Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, children in Hancock County will have books of their own…at no cost to the family! A new carefully selected book will be mailed, in the child’s name, to his or her home each and every month from birth until he or she turns five years of age. The Literacy Coalition will raise the funds to cover the annual cost of $25/child/year or an average monthly cost of $2.08. Titles are chosen by a blue ribbon panel of educators, are age appropriate, and have concepts that build upon each other. All children, regardless of household income are eligible for the program. Registration is not based on socioeconomics, risk factors, participation in certain programs, parental factors or by any other means other than a child’s age and residence. Should a child move out of Hancock County, he/she is deleted from the program unless the family moves to another community that participates in the Imagination Library program.
Registration forms for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library are available at the Children's Services desk at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.