It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their early years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can help your child love to read just by having print books at home, reading yourself, and setting aside time daily for your children to read.
How it works
Register your child and each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home.
Your child can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until they turn five years old as long as you live within a covered geographic area.
How the Dolly Parton Imagination Library came to St. Marys
Chantal Lynch of Hyggeligt Fabrics, together with Dennis DesRosiers have partnered to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the families of St. Marys. They have also established an Endowment Fund through Stratford Perth Community Foundation to support St. Mary Imagination Library going forward.
The Imagination Library partners with Local Affiliates and Partners who help bring the program to cities, towns and communities around the world. Local Affiliates can be businesses, school districts, small or large organizations, or simply individuals who share in the mission and purpose of the Imagination Library.
Local Affiliates are responsible for enrolling children who live within the geographical area they offered the program in. They promote their local programs online and at events. While the Imagination Library negotiates wholesale pricing for the books, the Local Affiliates and Partners are responsible for securing funds to cover that cost. Books are 100% free to enrolled children because their Local Affiliate has secured funds to cover the cost of the books and the shipping fees.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free gift to your child! All you have to do is register your child to inspire a lifelong love of reading!
Who is eligible?
Children under the age of five in St Marys.
How do I get started?
Be a resident of St Marys with child(ren) under the age of 5.
Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by the authorized adult.
Notify us any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the account.
Read with your child and have fun!
When Will I Receive Books?
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the covered area.
How Can I Help?
Spread the word! Do you know a child under 5 years old in St Marys who is not receiving Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Tell their caregiver to visit this website or to drop into Hyggeligt Fabrics on Queen Street to pick up a registration form. Telling them about this free-to-the-family program can make a huge difference for their future.
If you know of a business, organization or individual who would like to donate funds to support this program in your local area, please direct them to this website.