Library Partners in United Way’s Imagination Library Initiative
“What a great way to connect, inspire and enrich!,” said Heidi M. Daniel, Library Executive Director, speaking of the Library’s involvement in the United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library initiative.
“The United Way is connecting kids age 5 and under with books and putting books in children’s hands is something we believe in strongly,” Ms. Daniel noted. “Books inspire creativity and provide knowledge which can enrich lives.”
Parents can sign up their children age 5 and younger for the United Way Imagination Library initiative and each month, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library will send a free book directly to their home address. The program is free. Sign up at the United Way or by clicking on the link on this page. You can print the form, fill it in, and mail it to the United Way address on the form.
She continues, “It is our hope that the Imagination Library project will inspire children to come to the Library and where they can check out even more books. One book a month to a child is a great start, but it takes many more books to create a reader and enrich a child’s life. That’s where a United Way and Library partnership makes perfect sense.
“Since reading and literacy are at the foundation what we do, it’s only natural that we would be pleased at the opportunity to be a partner in United Way’s Imagination Library project. As part of our partnership, we will provide workshops for parents in our libraries, featuring our librarians, who are skilled in early literacy. Our staff will present parents with techniques for reading with their children in developmentally appropriate ways. We aim to expand parents’ knowledge of the simple techniques they can use when reading to their children to give them the skills to become proficient readers.”
Josephine Nolfi, Library Manager of Youth Services and Programming: “We’re delighted to participate in United Way’s Imagination Library initiative so that we can extend our reach to more families. The Library is in the business of training parents and caregivers in the importance of reading.”
She adds: “Library story times showcase pre-literacy skills which are recognized as the foundation for learning to read and we hope to share these techniques with as many parents as possible. Our aim is to create successful learners and lifelong readers.”
The Library will work with parents to help them learn techniques for reading to their children in developmentally appropriate ways under a Reading Buddy program which will begin later this year. More details to come…