I realized an ambition for my community on Friday, with the announcement that a partnership between the Lake County Office of Education, the Lake County Literacy Task Force and Sutter Lakeside Hospital had brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Lake County.
According to the joint press release, the first 100 babies born at the Sutter Lakeside Family Birth
Center will receive a scholarship for a one-year enrollment in Imagination Library.
I learned about Imagination Library last year, reading an article in the Ukiah Daily Journal: that
since April 2009, First Five Mendocino had distributed more than 50,000 books free of charge to children
ages 0 to 5 through its role as fiscal champion for Imagination Library.
Parton launched Imagination Library in 1996, to benefit children in her home county in East
According to www.imaginationlibrary.com/, Parton’s vision was “to foster a love of reading
among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially
selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she
wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she
could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.”
According to the website, Imagination Library became so popular that in 2000, Parton announced that she
would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her
to support it locally.
“Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from
just a few dozen books to nearly 40,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada
and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom.”
Reading the article about Imagination Library, I thought it would be wonderful to duplicate in Lake County: for Lake County to take its place among more than 1,600 communities that provide books to more than 70,000 children each month.
I wanted Lake County children to grow up in homes where books were familiar and accessible. I believed that was the reason why I avidly read today.
As it turned out, my view was shared by people who could actually make it reality. It was with gratitude on Friday that I received a press release announcing the program's arrival.
Now that it is here, I would like to see this program flourish and continue -- beyond those 100 babies, beyond enrollment for
one year. I would like Lake County children to continue receiving books each month until they are 5.
Lake County residents can support Imagination Library by sending a donation of $25, Attention:
Imagination Library, to the Lake County Office of Education care of the Literacy Task Force, 1152 S.
Main St., Lakeport CA 95453.
For more information, contact Stephanie Wayment at 707-262-4163 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Information Library, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com/.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal