Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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Dolly reading with children

As part of our early education initiative, parents in Fremont, Lincoln, Sweetwater and Uinta counties can enroll their children, ages birth to five years, into Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Southwest Wyoming. Register Today

We kindly ask that grandparents and other family members refrain from registering children that do not live in one of these counties. Please do no use your address to receive books for non-residents. Visit the Imagination Library website to see if there is a local affiliate in their area.

Through this program, enrolled children will be mailed one free, age appropriate, book each month. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. This program helps increase reading aloud to children.

United Way of Southwest Wyoming raises funds to pay for the shipping of the books, promotes the program and registers the children and manages the database. From there, the Dollywood Foundation manages the shipping of the books.

Having access to books and reading aloud has numerous benefits to a child; reading aloud builds literacy skills, language and brain development. The number of words that a child knows upon entering kindergarten is a key predictor of his or her future success. Learn more from Read Aloud.

The average cost per, child a year, is about $30 a year. This is a great deal for 12 books! With 2,700 children enrolled the program needs to raise $70,000 annually.

To help raise funds we invite you to participate in our Annual Golf Tournament, our sole fundraiser for the program, that takes place each September. You can also make a direct donation at any time.

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THANK YOU 19/20 DONORS

Individuals

Annual Golf Tournament

Dominion Energy - $10,000
Rock Springs Kiwanis - $500
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation -$500
STS Foundation - $1,000
Wells Fargo - $4,000
Whisler Chevrolet - $3,185

FREMONT COUNTY DONATIONS

In Fremont County, donations for the program are received through various workplace campaigns and from the annual Men Who Cook fundraiser organized by the Fremont County School District #25 Graduation Matters committee. Follow their event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MenWhoCookRiverton

We have partnered with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES to make 15 minutes of daily reading the new parenting standard. By doing so, we will change the face of education.

Visit the Read Aloud webpage for some additional information, handouts and reading calendars.

  READ FROM BIRTH          WHY READ ALOUD           15 READ ALOUD TIPS 

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