Imagination Library ‘a gift that will keep on giving’

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed”
    ~ Orhan Pamuk

Children in Lenawee County are reading more thanks to a $2,000 grant from Lenawee YOUTH Council. This grant will purchase 800 books for Lenawee’s children through the Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library delivers a new, age-appropriate book each month to registered children between the ages of birth and five years, who live in Lenawee County. The books are mailed directly to each child at his or her home from Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, where childhood literacy experts select the books, and a partnership with their printer greatly reduces the cost to the Lenawee Community Foundation.  

The children get to keep the books, so a child registered at birth can accumulate a collection up to 60 books of their very own. Currently around 1,400 children in Lenawee County receive books each month. Titles include The Little Engine that Could, Edie is Ever so Helpful, Violet the Pilot, I Love My Mommy Because…, and more.

There is no cost to the families to receive books for their children. The program is made possible through generous sponsorships of $30 per child, per year from individuals, foundations, corporations, local service clubs and families. The annual program cost totals approximately $42,000 per year.  

Because 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs between birth and age five, and 15 minutes of reading out loud to children everyday will expose them to ONE MILLION written words a year, the Imagination Library is an excellent investment in children. This is truly a gift that will keep on giving, as our children are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond!

Thank you, Lenawee YOUTH Council, it takes a big heart to help shape little minds!  

For information about sponsoring or registering a child contact Lenawee Community Foundation at 423.1729, cynthia@lenaweecf.com, or visit www.lenaweecf.com.

— Cynthia Heady
Lenawee Community Foundation

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