BY MELANIE BUCK –
A new literary promotion program is being distributed in conjunction with Polk County Quality of Life Outreach, Inc. (QOL). The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a program launched by Parton herself and encourages adults to read to the children in their lives. “Growing up in the Smoky Mountains was a real blessing. There were some tough times, but most of our life was full of the kind of riches money can never buy. One of my most precious memories is sitting in my mother’s lap and listening to her read me stories from the Bible. It felt so warm and cozy. My imagination soared to places far beyond our little cabin,” said Parton about the inspiration for her Imagination Library.
Through the program, preschool children, ages birth to five years, receive a new book in the mail each month until their 5th birthday, for free. Any preschool age child in Polk County is eligible for the program, no matter what financial bracket they fit into. This is because the program is made possible through donations, meaning the parents of the child are not responsible for payment of the books.
Donations will be needed for the program to be a success in Polk County and QOL encourages everyone to participate, whether it be as a Gold Sponsor or a small donation. Anyone can donate to the program to help spread the success of literacy and of reading to small children. “Our goal is to raise enough funding within a year to sustain the program, county-wide, for a minimum of five years. The program cost is approximately $25 per child per year. Your contribution to this worthy cause is greatly appreciated,” said Charlotte Wiles, President of Polk County QOL.
For more information on the Imagination Library, whether to donate or to submit a child’s name, contact Charlotte Wiles at 479-234-2069.