If additional funding becomes available, we will open enrollment again for the program. If you have interest in enrolling your child once registration reopens, please complete our Interest Form (link to form). This form is for children under the age of 5 who live in Wake County only.
The mission of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is to foster a love of reading in children and ensure that every child has books, regardless of their family’s income. Funding for this initiative is provided statewide by the North Carolina General Assembly to support early literacy.
Kyle signed up his children Cooper and Isla for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library when their second child, Isla, was just two months old. This picture captures their first book’s arrival. We checked in with them to find out what they think of the program after several months.
“Pretty sweet!” Kyle said, in sharing the impact of the program. He said Cooper is excited whenever he gets a book. He loves having a package arrive with his name on it. He loves to read, and he now loves helping his baby sister read. Cooper, age 3, helps Isla, now one year old, “read” her books, guiding her to turn the book right-side up and showing her how to turn the pages. “He enjoys showing her how reading works. He has read some of them so many times he can ‘read’ them back to me.”
Kyle says that now reading is a part of their whole day. They share a story after breakfast, before naptime, and Kyle reads to the children before they go to bed at night. Cooper looks forward to books arriving each month, and the family reports an increase in reading overall.
Seeing that book in the mail with their name on it has put a smile on the faces of so many children. If you have a picture or video of your child receiving or reading one of their Imagination Library books, we’d love to see it! Please email your pictures or videos to Denise Rossi, Program Specialist, Early Literacy, to help spread the word about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is funded and managed in Wake County by Wake County Smart Start. Denise Rossi is the program coordinator for the Imagination Library in Wake County and can be reached by email or by calling (919) 723-9272. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is part of WCSS’s Early Literacy Initiatives.
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