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A year in, Dolly Parton’s reading foundation shows impressive numbers in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) –  The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation has announced that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is showing big numbers, just one year after coming to the area.

Of the more than 9,000 kids age zero to five in Cedar Rapids, 50-percent are enrolled and receive a free book every month.

“Research released in 2010, shows that children who grow up with books in their home achieve on average three more years of education than those who do not,” said Cedar Rapids Public Library Director Dara Schmidt. “It is important to us that we are removing barriers to access books in the home so every child is ready to read upon entering kindergarten.”

According to the library, since the launch in Cedar Rapids in early 2018, 45,216 books have been delivered to kids in the city.  More than 1-million books are sent to children around the world through Imagination Library every month.

To participate, children must be residents of Cedar Rapids and under the age of five.  Parents can register their child(ren) by clicking here.  And visit the official Imagination Library website here.

Free books for five years?It's happening for children in Cedar Rapids through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The program sends a book to a child every month from birth until their 5th birthday to encourage early literacy. We'll have the details tonight on the KWWL News at 5.

Posted by KWWL on Friday, March 9, 2018

Abby Turpin

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