Friday, June 15, 2012

Dolly's little dream just keeps getting bigger!

For years now Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has been growing by leaps and bounds throughout Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some ask why but most ask how does this continue to happen even during tough economic times. Yes there are programme champions that do lose funding but the overall growth and strength of the programme continue to be alive and well.

Cadwyn staff met Dolly at her concert in Cardiff
We think it's because the programme is so flexible in scale and easily modifiable. It doesn't matter if an affiliate is maybe one or two people or in contrast and entire state or province, it still works the same and it always starts with one single book. Take for example, Cadwyn Housing Association in Wales, UK. They set up Wales' first Dolly Parton Imagination Library and already today they have more than 70 children registered!

Click here for additional Cadwyn Housing Article
Leynie Meagher, a member of staff at Cadywn who has registered her children on the programme said: 'I'm so glad that Cadwyn have taken part in the Imagination Library - it's a fab benefit for employees and a way of giving back to the Cadwyn community. My children absolutely love receiving the books, it's like having a birthday every month! We love reading together anyway but this gives us even more reason.'

So you see just as Cadwyn is making the programme a reality for children in Wales and Alison Lilburn gives testament of the programme's proven success in Rotherham, Canterbury Children's Centre is working to bring it to the children in Bradford! That's how it works, that's how it survives even through tough times and that's why it works......It all begins with one book & one child.
(Read full Bradford story here on BBC News)