Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is making its way to Westmoreland County – WPXI Pittsburgh

Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton speaks at an event where her organization, Imagination Library, donates the 100 millionth book, Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," to the Library of Congress collection, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Washington. 


Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton speaks at an event where her organization, Imagination Library, donates the 100 millionth book, Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," to the Library of Congress collection, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Washington. 
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Studies suggest reading to children at young ages results in more than improved academic potential, but also boosts language comprehension, speech and social and emotional development.
So, multiple organizations are partnering together to bring children free books!
Rotary of Westmoreland (ROW), together with United Way of Southwest Pennsylvania, the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library and benefactor Michael J. Kakos and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Foundation, have partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to gift books to children in Westmoreland County through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Imagination Library is a free monthly book-gifting program open to all children ages newborn to 5 years, regardless of household income.
ROW presently has the funding to enroll approximately 275 area children in this program, which mails engaging high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to participants at no cost to families.
“Rotary of Westmoreland is excited to support Dolly’s goal for children to ‘Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More’ with the Imagination Library,” said ROW founding father and program chairperson Michael Reese of Janney and Associates of Loyalhanna Wealth Management in Ligonier.
Rotary International, parent organization to ROW, has seven primary causes it currently supports, of which basic education and literacy is one. “Many of us (ROW club members) have young kids and know firsthand the importance and benefits of early childhood literacy,” said Reese.
Interested parents and caregivers can learn more and enroll their children online (CLICK HERE).
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