Delaware welcomes iconic star to celebrate statewide partnership with ‘Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’
WILMINGTON, Del. – Delaware is taking Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library statewide, getting books into the hands of thousands of kids, and Dolly Parton came in person to celebrate.
“A book a month, from birth to age five. The most important years of a child’s life, getting that book, I’m sure the anticipation must be amazing,” says Governor John Carney.
Dolly Parton’s imagination library has been gifting free books to millions of children for over 25 years. Now Governor Carney and other state officials, are welcoming the woman who made it possible. “With this program, there will be books in the house, and there are books in the house for folks that have already joined, we’ve gotta’ get families signed up to be able to get to participate,” says Gov. Carney.
The famous singer was warmly greeted at the Wilmington Public Library as she came to celebrate the growth of her Imagination Library. “I’m going to be doing everything I can to try to make life better for anybody and everybody, especially the little kids,” says Dolly Parton.
State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman tells 47 ABC, that 38% of pre-schoolers in the state are already registered for the image library, and they’re working to grow that number. “So it’s really important to support curiosity and lifelong learning which is really what libraries are about, helping people be learners.” Dr. Norman adds, “Beyond this program, we want to develop the reading and the library habit because no family can afford all the books that they need.”
This simple concept of free books is inspiring the initiative to make sure every child gets a positive start in life. “As Governor, as somebody who wants the best for all of our children, especially children that are challenged in terms of family income and the rest this is just a home run,” adds Gov. Carney.
Dr. Norman also says children should be reading four picture books a day, so this could help children and families reach that goal.
To register your child for the program, click here.