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Imagination Library Launches Story Starters In London

Imagination Library Launches Story Starters In London

Dolly Parton launches Story Starters, a new volunteer-led program in London to help young children become ready to read.

Dolly Parton launches Story Starters in the UK. It’s a new program that provides one-to-one language and communication support to young children. The program is designed to ensure that children have the skills to start primary school ready to read.

Held at Coram Campus in Bloomsbury, Dolly had a special message for the attendees. Also, children’s author and illustrator Sophy Henn is attending and engaging in a storytelling and drawing session for local children.

Story Starters is a new collaborative project between local children’s literacy charity Beanstalk, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and LuCid (The ESCR International Centre for Language and Communicative Development). The program aims to give children in Hackney, Wandsworth, Barnet and Islington support in developing their language and reading skills.

Research shows that children who benefit from high-quality support in their early years start school on average three months ahead in their literacy and language skills, compared with children who don’t. The program has been made possible by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose Dream Fund chose Story Starters to receive £1 million in funding in January 2017.

Volunteers Needed

Beanstalk is now looking for volunteers to become Story Starters in pre-schools and nurseries in Hackney, Wandsworth, Barnet and Islington. Story Starter volunteers will visit children twice a week and support three children for 20 minutes each. The sessions are fun, interactive and hugely beneficial to the children receiving extra support. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will provide every Story Starter child with high-quality, professionally-selected, age-appropriate books. Books are sent directly to both the early years setting and the home of each Story Starter child. As a result, kids can enjoy the magic of stories at home and with their Story Starter. Ginny Lunn, CEO of Beanstalk, says,

“We know how important it is for children in the early years of their education to receive support with their language development, as this enables them to start primary school ready to read and able to thrive throughout their lives.”

Visit StoryStarters.org or call Beanstalk on 0845 450 0301 to become a Story Starter.

Over 1.1 Million Books Mailed September 2017

Over 1.1 Million Books Mailed September 2017

In September, we sent 1,111,075 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 95,133,258! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

Baby Sounds - Penguin Random House

“Baby Sounds”
Pictures By Joy Allen

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “The Wheels on the Bus” – 5/9/17
Canada – “Checkers & Dot at the Zoo” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “Happy Babies: Playtime Babies” – 1/9/17
USA – “Baby Sounds” – 9/13/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Little Sleepyhead”
By Elizabeth McPike & Patrice Barton

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake” – 5/9/17
Canada – “Little Sleepyhead” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “How to Brush Your Teeth Snappy Croc” – 1/9/17
USA – “Little Sleepyhead” – 9/13/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“I Am a Rainbow”
By Dolly Parton

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “SeaDog” – 5/9/17
Canada – “I Am A Rainbow” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “My Book of First Words” – 1/9/17
USA – “I Am A Rainbow” – 9/8/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Abuela”
By Arthur Dorros & Illustrated By Elisa Kleven

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Hunwick’s Egg” – 5/9/17
Canada – “Extraordinary Jane” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “Max at Night” – 1/9/17
USA – “Abuela” or “Extraordinary Jane” – 9/13/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Otis and The Kittens”
By Loren Long

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “You & Me, Murrawee ” – 5/9/17
Canada – “Otis and The Kittens” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “I Want a Friend” – 1/9/17
USA – “Otis and The Kittens” – 9/6/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Tarra & Bella”
By Carol Buckley

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia – “Jesse” – 5/9/17
Canada – “Tarra & Bella” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs” – 1/9/17
USA – “Tarra & Bella” – 9/6/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”

By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 1/9/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/9/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 9/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the Imagination Library Australia – “Animalia” – 1/9/17 Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/1/17 United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/9/17 USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 9/5/17

September 2017 Book Blog

 

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Dolly Parton Tennessee License Plates

Dolly Parton Tennessee License Plates

Official Dolly Parton License Plate now available to Tennessee residents with proceeds benefiting the Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library specialty license plates are now available in Tennessee! Proceeds from plate sales benefit local Imagination Library affiliates across the state!

Plates cost $35 each and are available at County Clerks’ offices in Tennessee. Of the total cost, local Imagination Library affiliates will receive $15.37. The remaining amount will go to the Tennessee Arts Commission ($15.37) and plate production costs ($4.25).

Lily’s Success Story

Lily’s Success Story

Lily Graduated From Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Lily is from Brantford, Ontario and has been registered in the Imagination Library since she was a baby. We are so happy to hear that her love for books and story time has grown throughout her Imagination Library journey! Lily’s Mom said,

“The books are so creative and cover such an amazing variety of topics that the kids are always learning something new. There is nothing more special than having Lily love books and story time so much…Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such an amazing opportunity for Lily!”

Registered children enrolled at birth will receive a total of 60 books by the time they start school. Each registered child will have books addressed specifically to them and mailed directly to their home at no cost to the family. During these formative years, they are building a wonderful personal library and developing a personal love of reading and learning.

Congratulations to Lily and her family. We wish you all the best and encourage you to Dream More, Learn More, Care More & Be More!

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

August Mailing Brings Total Books Mailed To 94 Million

August Mailing Brings Total Books Mailed To 94 Million

In August, we sent 1,103,044 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 94,022,183! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

Baby Sounds - Penguin Random House

“Look Look!”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Ladybird Singalong Rhymes Five Little Ducks” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Look Look ” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “ITNG: Happy Waving Game” – 1/8/17
USA – “Look Look!” or “Llama Llama Nighty Night” – 8/7/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Good Night Gorilla”
By Peggy Rathmann

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Terrible Plop” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Good Night Gorilla” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “ITNG: Songs and Rhymes” – 1/8/17
USA – “Good Night Gorilla” – 8/8/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“My No, No, No Day!”
By Rebecca Patterson

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Big Rain Coming” – 1/8/17
Canada – “My No, No, No Day!” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Cafe” – 1/8/17
USA -“My No, No, No Day!” – 8/7/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Home For A Bunny”
By Margaret Wise Brown & Illustrated by Garth Williams

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Max” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Home for a Bunny” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “You Choose!” – 1/8/17
USA – “Home For A Bunny” – 8/7/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Oh No, Gotta Go!”
By Susan Middleton Elya & Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Night Noises” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Secret Life of Squirrels” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “Lion Vs Rabbit – 1/8/17
USA – “Oh No, Gotta Go” – 8/2/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Hooray, A Piñata!”
By Elisa Kleven

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia – “The Worm Who Knew Karate” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Hooray, A Piñata!” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “Cops and Robbers” – 1/8/17
USA – “Hooray, A Piñata!” – 8/2/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 1/8/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/8/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 8/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 1/8/17
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/8/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 8/2/17

September 2017 Book Blog

 

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Homecomin’ 2017 Highlights

Homecomin’ 2017 Highlights

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliates enjoyed four days in Pigeon Forge, TN during Homecomin’ 2017!

Local affiliates from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States visited Dolly’s home in the Great Smoky Mountains during Homecomin’ 2017. The biennial celebration was held at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. And visiting affiliates took advantage of all the amenities of the resort and the Smokies during their working conference. David Dotson is the President of the Dollywood Foundation which houses the Imagination Library. David said,

“We hosted the very first Homecomin’ way back in 2001. We had just started to promote the Imagination Library and as I recall, we had about a dozen participants discussing how they could expand to their neighboring communities. Now the discussions are about expanding DPIL across entire states and provinces, becoming a part of public policy and celebrating over 100 million books gifted to our children.”

The Conference

Homecomin’ is held every two years in Pigeon Forge, TN. This year’s conference offered attendees the chance to gain valuable insight into the overall growth of the program and highlighted some recent case studies. The conferenced kicked off with a major announcement.

The legislature in North Carolina allocated $10,000,000 to expand the program across the state. This decision is a huge boost for the program and more importantly a wonderful resource for children and their families in that state.

During the week, some affiliates were invited to share their own success stories about program sustainability. Other topics included fundraising as it pertains to building relationships within a community. Additionally, members of the Book Selection Committee, including program partners from Penguin Random House, shared the process of choosing the high-quality, age-appropriate books for each child group. Attendees also listened to presentations about engaging political figures and in-depth research on the Imagination Library’s impact.

Surprises & Celebrations

Little Engine That Could Wall Quilt at Imagination Library Homecomin' 2017Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Mendocino County, First 5 Mendocino, surprised the event staff with a beautiful handmade quilt. With permission from Penguin Random House, Renee M. Gannon from Ukiah, Canada made the beautiful Little Engine wall quilt. This display piece was raffled off at the end of the week to one lucky winner. Affiliates also celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday.

In keeping with the international gathering, attendees donned bunny ears and celebrated “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” This classic story welcomes children into the program in the United Kingdom.

Visiting Author

Special guest and award-winning author Matt de la Peña charmed the audience with his personal stories. He shared his experience growing up as a mixed-race child in Southern California. Matt openly talked about the lack of books in his childhood home and the impact that had on his family. His book, “Last Stop on Market Street” and his personal experiences make him the ideal ambassador for early literacy awareness. His message is especially relatable to minority children and their families.

In reflecting on the program and Matt’s guest appearance at the conference, David Dotson said,

“We have reached the point where authors recognize the honor bestowed upon their work when their book is chosen for the Imagination Library. We have now hosted a number of illustrious authors who tell us it is not just the number of books distributed by us that is so impressive. Rather it is witnessing this vast network of organizations and governmental entities that are united in their efforts to inspire children to love to read and to love to learn.”

Matt’s book, “Last Stop on Market Street” has beautiful illustrations by Christian Robinson. It takes readers on an energetic bus ride through a bustling city with CJ and his Grandma. Along the way, Grandma helps CJ see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

The Imagination Library Book Selection Committee unanimously voted to add Matt’s book to the 2016 Canada Book List the  & 2016 USA Book List*. “Last Stop on Market Street” would go on to win the 2016 Newbery Medal. It also earned a 2016 Caldecott Honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Furthermore, it became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

*“Last Stop on Market Street” will appear in the United Kingdom’s 2018 Book List.

Entertainment & Fun

Rest assured, the week wasn’t all work and no play for this group. Affiliates visited several attractions during their time in the Smoky Mountains. They enjoyed nightly fireworks at Dollywood’s DreamMore as well as live music and a host of amenities at the resort.

Small groups formed for some shopping at The Island. While they were there, they posed for a photo in front of The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a now iconic Pigeon Forge symbol. On one night, they took in a dinner show at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. There they cheered on the Partons and the Owens families. They also went sightseeing and grabbed some photos of the Great Smoky Mountains.

On the final day, the entire group gathered at The Little Engine Playhouse inside Dollywood’s Heartsong Theatre. They watched the stage production of “Coat of Many Colors” based on Dolly’s book of the same name. In addition to this show, The Little Engine Playhouse will feature performances based on Jennifer Plecas’ “Pretend” and “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper

Special Thanks & Looking Ahead

The Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library would like to send a special thank you to everyone who helped make Homecomin’ 2017 a huge success. With a final thought, David Dotson said,

“Lastly, it is all too easy to be discouraged about the times we live in. When our network gathers for Homecomin’, the discouragement evaporates and is replaced by an abiding belief that there is indeed more good than bad in the world. These are the inspiring leaders in their communities and they will never rest to insure that their children are given every opportunity in the world to thrive and succeed.”

Plans are already underway for Homecomin’ 2019!

In July 2017 Over 1 Million Kids Received Free Books!

In July 2017 Over 1 Million Kids Received Free Books!

In July, we sent 1,098,100 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 92,919,139! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

Baby Sounds - Penguin Random House

“Where’s Ellie?”
By Salina Yoon

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Little Kiwi Whose Nest is Best?” – 7/4/17
Canada -“Where’s Ellie?” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo Moo” or “Baby Touch Car ” – 4/7/17
USA – “Where’s Ellie?” -7/12/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Sassy: Baby’s First Words”

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Giraffe in the Bath” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Little Cub” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “Boo Boo Baby and Giraffe” – 4/7/17
USA – “Sassy:Baby’s First Words” or “Little Cub” or “Nobunny’s Perfect” – 7/11/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“Little Owl’s Night”
By Divya Srinivasan

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Little Owl’s Night” or “Only You” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “Do Dare Duck” – 4/7/17
USA -“Little Owl’s Night” – 7/10/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck”
By Laura Murray & Illustrated by Mike Lowery

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “A Particular Cow” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Hannah’s Collection” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “My Big Shouting Day” – 4/7/17
USA – “The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck” – 7/7/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Lion Lessons”
By Jon Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Our Island” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Caterina and the Lemonade Stand” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “Little Red Train” – 4/7/17
USA – “Lion Lessons” – 7/6/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Fly, Butterfly”
By Bonnie Bader

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia – “Today We Have No Plans” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Fly, Butterfly” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “The Getaway” – 4/7/17
USA – “Fly, Butterfly” – 7/5/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 7/4/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 4/7/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 7/3/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 7/4/17
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/30/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 4/7/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 7/5/17

July Book Blog 2017

 

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

North Carolina Approves Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Statewide

North Carolina Approves Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Statewide

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will soon be available across North Carolina!

In the 2017-2019 final state budget, the North Carolina General Assembly approved $3.5 million (first year) and $7 million (second year) for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina. Dolly said,

“I’m so excited to join Smart Start to expand my Imagination Library across the state. Welcome aboard North Carolina – let’s give these dreams some wings!”

Cindy Watkins is the President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children/Smart Start. Cindy said,

“This budget clearly reflects a commitment to investing in our youngest children and their families. Our state leaders have expanded funding for child care subsidy, NC PreK, and early literacy through Smart Start. These investments are significant steps forward in building strong foundations for our state’s future.”

In addition to statewide coverage for the Imagination Library, the approved budget includes a $27.3 million increase in funding for NC PreK. Also, an increase in the market rate for child care subsidies for infants to two-year-olds in tier three counties. Finally, it includes an increase of $2 million for Nurse Family Partnership.

Smart Start

Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Imagination Library is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children. And ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income.

In June Imagination Library Sent Over One Million Books

In June Imagination Library Sent Over One Million Books

In June, we sent 1,091,724 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 91,821,039! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

The Little Gardener - Penguin Random House

“The Little Gardener”
By Jan Gerardi

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “I am a Rainbow” – 6/1/17
Canada -“The Little Gardener” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “My First Words” – 1/6/17
USA – “The Little Gardener” – 6/12/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Little Bitty Friends”
By Elizabeth McPike and Patrice Barton

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Spot Can Count” – 6/1/17
Canada – “Little Bitty Friends” or “Pouch!” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Eyes, Nose, Toes Peekaboo!” – 1/6/17
USA – “Little Bitty Friends” – 6/9/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“I Hear a Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes Swimming” – 6/1/17
Canada – “What am I?” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Goodnight Spaceman” – 1/6/17
USA -“I Hear a Pickle” or “Just One More” or “Otis and the Puppy” – 6/8/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Meet Me at the Moon”
By Gianna Marino

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Gobbledygook is Eating a Book” – 6/1/17
Canada – “Meet Me at the Moon” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Otto the Book Bear” – 1/6/17
USA – “Meet Me at the Moon” – 6/5/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“The Perfect Present”
By Fiona Roberton

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Annie’s Chair” – 6/1/17
Canada – “The Perfect Present” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Read to Tiger” or “Elmer” – 1/6/17
USA – “The Perfect Present” – 6/2/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It”
By Michael B. Kaplan; Illustrated By Stéphane Jorisch

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 6/1/17
Canada – “Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Kicking a Ball” or “Space: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts” – 1/6/17
USA – “Betty Bunny Didn’t Do It” – 6/1/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
By Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 6/1/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/6/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 6/1/17
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/6/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/17

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival At Pirates Voyage

13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival At Pirates Voyage

Huge crowd at 13th Annual Imagination Library Kid’s Festival at Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach, SC

The crew at Pirates Voyage wants to say thank you to everyone for another great Imagination Library Kid’s Festival!

This year’s event drew an estimated crowd of over 7,000! At one point, our local police officers had to leave their booth to help direct traffic into the event. We are thankful they were happy to help out.

Special thanks to all the volunteers for their many hours of service. And thank you to our vendors for their wonderful booths and fun activities. We know Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library means as much to you as it does to us!

The Imagination Library in South Carolina serves over 36,000 registered children. Pirates Voyage is the local affiliate here in Horry County where 7,576 registered children receive one free book each month.

Learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Horry County, SC.

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