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Early Learning Sponsorship

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Sponsorship

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Sponsors 1 child for 1 year.

Have you ever read “The Little Engine That Could”? It’s an empowering and memorable story about finding confidence in your abilities and encouraging others to stay on track to reach their goals. It’s the first book kids receive from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, specially chosen by Dolly herself for its embodiment of the program's values.

By sponsoring the Imagination Library, you ensure that every child in Spokane County, from birth to age five, receives a free book each month. Our books are carefully selected to be age-appropriate, promote kindergarten readiness and literacy, and be enjoyable to read. Families are encouraged to read together, and children learn to “play” with the books alone or with friends and siblings.

Identifying Disparities

Literacy is empowering and liberating, playing a crucial role in combating poverty. Unfortunately, standardized test results in Washington State reveal that only about half of students read at their expected level, with a significant literacy gap impacting BIPOC and impoverished communities. Additionally, some schools in Spokane County rank among the lowest in the state for kindergarten readiness, with scores as low as 9%, creating additional challenges for teachers, parents, and students.

Our Approach to Solving the Problem

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library currently serves over one-third of eligible children in Spokane County, addressing early literacy and kindergarten readiness. All children under five can receive a monthly free book, regardless of family income, fostering ownership and a personal library. The program also partners with the American Printing House (APH) to provide audio and braille books to eligible children.

A 2024 pilot study in Longview School District found that Imagination Library participants met or exceeded all eight WaKIDS literacy objectives, outperforming their non-participant peers in crucial literacy skills. The program benefited low-income and non-low-income students alike, with 85% of families reporting positive changes in their children.

Example of Impact

Established in Spokane in 2022, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has already positively impacted the community. Teachers report significant improvements, and over 75% of parents statewide observe increased interest in reading among their children. One parent shared how their child eagerly checks the mailbox, excited to receive a new book addressed to them.

Long-Term Impact

Early literacy improves lives across generations. Children who read with their parents enhance their relationships and are more likely to teach their own children to read, breaking cycles of poverty. Early literacy also contributes to better mental health outcomes for both children and the adults they become.

Investment Strategy

Despite minimal overhead, the growing public interest necessitates increased community investment. We aim to build local capacity through:

  • Community donations, especially from program beneficiaries.

  • Grants from local and national partners.

  • Bequests from individuals including the program in their wills.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library offers a free, low-barrier program accessible to any child under five in Spokane County. By sponsoring this initiative, you provide up to sixty free, high-quality books to children, fostering early literacy and long-term academic success. We invite you to join us in this remarkable opportunity and share your experiences with the program!

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