Wake County SmartStart Launches Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Wake County to deliver free books monthly for ages birth to 5
Photo courtesy of Wake County SmartStart
In the next two years, 40,000 young children in Wake County will open their mailboxes to a new book each month, sent to them for free, as part of a program to build literacy skills. Wake County SmartStart is launching Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program locally, highlighting the value of books in the home and the importance of early literacy to education, business and community well-being.
The Imagination Library program was created to foster a love of reading among children ages birth to 5 through the gift of books. Funding for this initiative was provided statewide by the North Carolina General Assembly to support early literacy. Wake County SmartStart will receive $51,000 annually to bring the Imagination Library to over half of Wake County’s youngest children.
Currently 32 percent of third-graders in Wake County are not reading at grade level. Investments that build literacy skills are part of Wake County SmartStart's work to provide children with a solid foundation for kindergarten and life ahead, along with strengthening families and expanding access to high-quality early learning experiences.
“Our state leaders see the importance of books in the home and an early love of reading as critical to later life success,” says Angie Welsh, board chair of Wake County SmartStart. “We are excited to offer the Imagination Library literacy program as part of our work to help children build a strong foundation for starting kindergarten.”
To find out more about Parton’s Imagination Library in Wake County, and to check availability and register a child, visit wakesmartstart.org/program/imagination-library.
Source: Wake County SmartStart