Official launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by United Way of the Southern Tier officially launched on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to 5 years old. More than 950 children in Chemung and Steuben counties will receive books through the program.

“Parents are absolutely ecstatic about this program,” Barbara Hubbell, Director of Community Impact for United Way, said. By receiving a book in the mail every month, a child gets excited. The parent also can enjoy that time with their child, which builds that child’s social and emotional development.”

It costs $25 to sponsor a child for an entire year of books through the program. To donate head to the United Way’s facebook page.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

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