Welcome to March! I have some very exciting news to share with you. After years of working towards this goal, I am pleased to say that all Corvallis & Benton County families with children under the age of five are now eligible to register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
The Imagination Library mails free, high-quality books to children from birth up until their fifth birthday. Each month, participants receive a new, age-appropriate book, which are available in English and Spanish, as well as Braille/audiobook options. Families can enroll their child online at unitedwaylbl.org/imaginationlibrary or get assistance enrolling by calling the Library at 541-766-6793.
The launch of the program is thanks to the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties, who provided a $55,000 grant to kick start the program! I remain especially grateful to United Way and the Corvallis School Distract who have been partners with the Library in the journey to bring this program to fruition for several years now.
It is vital to have diverse, inclusive books in homes, and for children to feel ownership and pride in those books. Books from a public or school library are important, but the Imagination Library empowers our youth and encourages literacy skills by providing their own personal libraries. Please help us spread the word about this incredible, free program!
Enjoy the spring weather!