County of Brant gets behind Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

We are thrilled that the County of Brant has decided to make a huge investment in the children who will be future youth and adults in the community by committing $20,000 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program!

The cheque was presented to Sharon Brooks (Executive Director of Kids Can Fly) and Leslie Downie (Chair of the Imagination Library Committee) at the Family Literacy day kick off event on Sunday January 26.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free book every month to children living in Brantford and Brant County from birth until 5 years of age.  Kids Can Fly raises almost $100,000/year for the early literacy program for both Brantford and Brant County.  Funds come from the hard work of the Imagination Library committee from fundraisers, corporate grants, community grants and private donations.

This grant from the County of Brant will make a huge difference in our ability to get more children living in the County onto the program in 2020.

Thank you to Mayor David Bailey and the council of the County of Brant for this investment in our youngest community members!

Here is the official press release from the County of Brant:

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Family Literacy Day event, the County of Brant presented a $20,000 grant to Kids Can Fly.

“We are thrilled to support Kids Can Fly and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program,” said Mayor David Bailey from the County of Brant. “Engaging a child in literacy develops language skills, stimulates the imagination, teaches empathy and shares a wealth of knowledge. We want to thank Kids Can Fly for all the work they do and for positively impacting the children and families in this community.”

The grant will support approximately 400 children, from ages zero to five years old, in the County of Brant to receive a book each month. A total of 60 books will be mailed, free of charge, to each child throughout their early years.

“This program promotes and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. Starting to read to your child at birth can have a tremendous impact on their lifelong development,” said Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly. “As a baby, the time spent speaking to your baby and cuddling them helps facilitate the parent-child connection. As they grow into toddlers, they are so excited to receive a special book in the mail each month. They begin to explore the world and language through these wonderful books. Regularly reading to a young child helps them to recognize letters and words and expand their imagination. Children who are read to in their early years often enter school with advanced language skills and have more awareness of the world around them.”

Kids Can Fly has been running the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for 10 years. The books are purchased in bulk from Penguin Random House publishing.

“Because of the grant from the County of Brant, we will be able to serve every family in Brant who requests to join the program and we will no longer have a waitlist,” said Brooks. “We would like to thank the County of Brant for investing in the future of our kids.

To register your child for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, visit or fill in a hardcopy form at any County of Brant Public Library.