Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes to 13032

The Canastota Public Library is signing up children in the 13032 Zip Code to be a part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is made possible through the Madison County Literacy Coalition and a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.  Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, preschool children and their families in the Canastota area (zip code 13032) will be able to receive the gift of a specially selected book each month. This program is targeted to help those with early literacy skills.

There is no cost for this program and families will be able to sign their children up for this great resource at the Canastota Public Library. The only requirement is that the children be between the ages of birth and five years old and reside in the 13032 area code. Interested parents and children should stop by the Canastota Public Library for more information and to register their children (102 W. Center Street in Canastota).

Dolly Parton began this program in her county in 1996. Since that time nearly 17,000 communities in the United States and Canada are involved in Dolly-sponsored library/literacy programs. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Canastota was selected as the initial site for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library by the Coalition. Since there are so many day care providers and day care centers in the area, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library could really make a difference in the lives of children in this community. Currently, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for the 13032 area code is possible through a grant to the Madison County Literacy Coalition from the Central New York Community Foundation.

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