Parents and guardians of children through 5 years old in Yolo County can register their kids to receive a new, free, age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday, thanks to Dolly Parton.
Parton’s “Imagination Library,” was started in her home county in 1995 (inspired by her father’s inability to read and write) and now mails almost two million free, high-quality books monthly to children around the world, regardless of family income.
Locally, the Yolo County Library, the Yolo County Library Foundation and the Untied Way Capital Region have teamed up to expand Imagination Library here and help inspire a love of reading among the county’s youngest residents.
“By having books in the home and encouraging adults to read to their kids, we’re hoping that when they enter kindergarten, they will be ready to read,” said Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink.
“Essentially, when children enter school ready for kindergarten it’s a good indicator they’ll be reading at grade level by the third grade, and that’s when you make the shift from learning to read to reading to learn, so I’m glad we’re able to expand eligibility for the program for children throughout the county,” said Fink.
There are four ways a parent or guardian can enroll a child:
* Visit https://yolocountylibrary.org/imagination_library, print and return the completed registration form to any Yolo County Library branch.
* Complete the online form at https://yolocountylibrary.org/imagination_library.
* Complete the online form at https://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/post/dolly-partons-imagination-library
* Email United Way Capital Region: ImaginationLibrary@UWCCR.org
For ideas on how to inspire a love of reading, parents and caregivers can visit Yolo County Library’s “Early Learners” webpage at https://yolocountylibrary.org/learning/early-learners.