Dolly Parton Imagination Library offers free books to Richmond County youths

On February 27, Dolly Parton was celebrated at the Library of Congress for having mailed 100 million free books to preschool children through her Dolly Parton Imagination Library project.

 Now, thanks to an unrestricted bequest to the Richmond County Public Library by Berry and Carolyn Gray, Richmond County children from birth to age 5 can be registered with the Imagination Library to receive a free book in the mail every month from Dolly Parton until their fifth birthday.

 “Getting books in the hands of preschool children and encouraging parents to read to their babies and toddlers are the most important missions of our public library,” said director Dan Ream. “Nothing can better ensure the success of children in school and a lifelong love of reading than parents reading to their babies and toddlers.

 “When the Grays’ gift came to us, it gave us the opportunity to become an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Richmond County. As an affiliate, we promote the Imagination Library, register children from birth to age 5, and pay the bulk mail postage on all the books mailed to the children in our county,” he said…