A gift of literacy

Imagination Library kicks off summer donating 150 books

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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, part of the Project Ready for School program in United Way of Greater Chattanooga, donated 150 books to the Parents as Teachers with Communities in Schools of Catoosa County.

This is a partnership between Catoosa County’s Parents as Teachers program and the North Georgia Community YMCA summer feeding program. The books are passed out to children this summer.

The books were selected and prepared by Judy Hoppe, the Imagination Library database coordinator at United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Her hope is that kids will love reading through the program.

“Reading to a child 15 minutes a day helps parents encourage literacy development and the joy of learning and reading,” Judy said. “The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is designed for kids to have their own library in the home where they can read any time.”

The United Way-sponsored Imagination Library program enrolls children from birth through their fifth birthday for a free, age-appropriate book mailed to their home each month. The program offered through this United Way is available in Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in North Georgia and Hamilton and Marion counties in Tennessee with no cost or obligation to the families.

The program began in 2004 and has had a positive and truly beneficial impact on the many families participating. The 2017 census for Catoosa County estimated there were 3,660 kids in the Catoosa County area and 2,016 children of them are enrolled in the program. Obviously, there are more children who could benefit from this free program.

If you’re the parent or caregiver of a child under five, please email judyhoppe@uwchatt.org or call 423-752-0328 to enroll a child in Imagination Library. The first book will arrive in the mail in eight to ten weeks. As you enjoy the program please keep us informed of any change of address.

Let the reading journey begin!

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