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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

posted Jan 3, 2014, 11:39 AM by Willis Ray
Get FREE BOOKS mailed monthly to your child at your home through the Miami County Imagination Library, a partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. All children in Miami County are eligible and there is no cost or obligation to your family. Register now!

What is Imagination Library? The Imagination Library is a 60-volume home library for preschool children. It was created to stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage reading within the family at an early age. A panel of educators selects the books for the library each year, always beginning the series with a special copy of “The Little Engine That Could.” Each child enrolled in the program will receive one book each month by mail.

Who is eligible? All children in Miami County are eligible until their fifth birthday.

How is the program funded? There is no cost to children enrolled or their families. The program is currently being funded by the United Way of Troy, Piqua Area United Way, Tipp City Area United Way, and the Friends of the Library. The program is also funded by the generosity of a former Troy resident, now deceased, named Ada Pressman. Anyone in the community interested in funding the program may sponsor a child for a year by sending $25 to the Troy-Miami County Public Library, attn. Imagination Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, Ohio 45373. The library is a 501c3 so contributions are tax deductible.

Why are you doing this? Early childhood literacy is very important to the future success of our communities. By working with the Dollywood Foundation, we can reach our goal of giving one book per month to every child in Miami County enrolled the program.

Who was Ada Pressman? She  was a former Troy resident who became a mechanical engineer in the 1970s during a time when few women entered the engineering field. She specialized in developing emergency safety systems for fossil-fired and nuclear power plants. The program is partially funded by a bequest to the library from her.

What's the catch? There isn't one!

How do I get more information on the program? Call Nancy Hargrove at 339-0502 ext. 121, or visit the Imagination Library website.