Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Imagination Library looks to expand in Alaska

By Sarah Day

The popular children's book program Imagination Library will be expanding.

Best Beginnings, part of the Alaska Department of Early Childhood Investment, is seeking applications for communities to either start a Dolly Parton Imagination Library or seeking funds to maintain an existing program.

Imagination Library mails a new, age-appropriate book every month to every child from infancy until they are 5 years old who signs up for the program in a participating community. The Dollywood Foundation manages the delivery system.

Best Beginnings says more than 10,000 Alaska children already participate through 18 Imagination Libraries that serve 48 communities, including Hoonah and Juneau.

Barbara Brown, with Best Beginnings, said they've already received some applications from areas that don't have Imagination Libraries, like Cordova and Fort Yukon.

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