Letter: Give a child the gift of books
Is your little one outgrowing his clothes every day? Does she lose interest in her toys way too soon? Does the prospect of finding the “perfect gift” for birthdays send you into hysterics? The Lower Valley Imagination Library has the perfect solution for parents, grandparents, neighbors or friends that wish to do something “just right” for their little ones.
The Imagination Library was begun by Dolly Parton in 1996 in order to provide books to all the children in her home town of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to “give back,” to inspire children to be the best they could be, to give them the wonderful experience of quality books and encourage a deep love of reading. The Fruita Thrift Shop and co-sponsors fund this program for our own children here in the Lower Valley.
The Imagination Library provides for an age-appropriate book to be mailed to every registered child from birth to age 5 in Fruita, Loma, Mack and Glade Park areas every month, completely free of charge to the families. This program includes books by well-known authors such as Tomie DePaola, Eric Carle, Dolly Parton herself, and it offers familiar titles such as The Little Engine That Could (Dolly’s favorite book), Little Toot, Aesop’s Fables, Officer Buckle and Gloria, Llama Llama, Mad at Mama, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and many others.
Anyone can become a sponsor of children in this program, and anyone can enroll a youngster in our area in this program to receive these books. The cost to provide 12 of these awesome books to a child, plus postage, to their homes is $25 annually per child.
Donations can be made to the Fruita Thrift Shop: P.O. Box 272, Fruita, CO 81521.
If you know an eligible child in our area who could be receiving these books, registration brochures are available at the Fruita Thrift Shop and Fruita Public Library, or call 970-208-5668 for more information. Please leave a message. Visit http://www.imaginationlibrary.com for more information.
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