Thanks to you, children in our community of Brantford- Brant will be receiving books every month. In 1996, Dolly Parton launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Dolly created the Imagination Library because she remembers her mom reading to her and through the stories, her imagination grew. Dolly also tells the story of her father, who could not read. Dolly wants every preschooler to experience the joy of reading and be prepared to begin school.

Our dream is that:

  • Every child will develop a healthy love of reading, have a wide vocabulary, and begin school with the early literacy skills that are important for academic success towards post-secondary school and their careers!
  • All parents will understand their crucial role to in building their children’s early literacy and language development! The parent-child bond will be strengthened through the regular reading of books in the home!
  • All Brantford/Brant County children will enter school with shared experiences by having read the same books as their peers! Kids’ shared experiences will help them to build positive relationships with each other and ease the transition from home to school!
  • Kindergarten and first-grade teachers will leverage these shared experiences to activate children’s interest and enrich the teaching and learning process!

As more children continue to “graduate” from the Imagination Library, the achievement gap will be eliminated and all Brantford/Brant residents will benefit from a higher quality of life, improved health, and ultimately realize a workforce with the skills needed to support Brantford/Brant County’s future.

For more information on the Imagination Library go to:  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

For more information on Kids Can Fly go to:  Kids Can Fly