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Imagination Library: Free Books By Mail

Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc. is happy to announce a new project ”Reading Together” to support parents in raising “reading ready” young children.

Parents in Trego County can sign up each of their children to receive a brand-new book in the mail every month from birth through age four. The high-quality, age-specific books are free to the family and a gift for each child to keep. Sign up for Imagination Library now.

Dolly Parton reading a bookThis service is made possible through a partnership of Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc, a Dane G. Hansen Grant via Heartland Community Foundation, and a national non-profit, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Families of preschool-age children, including newborns, can register for the program regardless of income level. Approximately 145 children aged birth through five currently live in Trego County and are eligible for this service.

Imagination Library is an early literacy program based on a simple premise: get plenty of age-appropriate books into the hands of young children on a monthly basis. The goal is to help develop literacy skills before a child ever sets foot in a classroom. The monthly deliveries help build excitement about reading, and serve as a built-in reminder and opportunity for parents to read with their kids.

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” -National Commission on Reading

According to statistics, only 50% of incoming kindergartners meet the benchmarks for early literacy. That means those children are behind even before they start. But the good news, is that we know ways to fix that. The research is clear: reading with your children early and often is absolutely crucial to their future educational success. One of our Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation’s primary aims is to support Trego County kids’ reading readiness before they start school, by “Reading Together” with mom and dad, family members, neighbors and friends. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a terrific opportunity for our community – and it’s really fun, too.

You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children - Dolly PartonCountry music icon Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library program in 1996 to help Tennessee children in the impoverished Great Smoky Mountain region where she grew up. She wanted to foster a love of reading to help them succeed in school and in life. In 2000, Parton’s Dollywood Foundation made the program available to any community willing to partner on it. To date, Imagination Library has mailed almost 40,000,000 books to children on three continents. Studies have shown that Imagination Library dramatically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program.

Says Parton, “I hope every family will experience the joy and wonder of their child’s imagination as they read about the world and learn its many surprises. If my Imagination Library helps turn the dreams of a child into the promise of a bright future, then one of my biggest dreams will come true.”

The Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, Inc has committed to funding the local portion of costs for the program through grants, contributions from organizational sponsors and individual donors. Because of the cost efficiencies built into the large-scale Imagination Library, a full year’s worth of books for a child can be provided. To continue the plan into the long range future, donations can be made to the Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation, “Reading Together” project. For more information call the Trego Hospital Endowment Foundation at 785-743-2070.imagination library train with logos

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