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IMAGINATION LIBRARY OF WASHINGTON LAUNCHES “CHAMPIONS FOR LITERACY” MATCHING GIFT CAMPAIGN


Anonymous Donor in King County Provides $100,000 Matching Gift in Support of Getting More Books to King County Early Learners

 

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Imagination Library of Washington is excited to announce a $100,000 matching gift opportunity in support of King County early learners! Now through June 1st, every contribution made to Imagination Library of Washington during the “Champions for Literacy” Match Campaign will be doubled by a very generous anonymous donor. This matching gift is dependent on raising an additional $100,000 from the community, and the funding will directly contribute to providing books to early learners in King County through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, fostering the growth, connection, and academic preparedness of children through the creation of their very own home libraries. More than 121,000 children under age five are eligible for the program in King County alone, the largest early learner population in the state. Currently, over 15,000 King County children are receiving books from the Imagination Library every month. 

 

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to double your impact with this very generous match offer. King County has the largest early learning population (ages birth to five) in the state, and this program has become hugely popular with strong enrollment. It is going to take the village of local support to meet the $100k goal so we can receive the full match, and it will require long-term engagement and financial support to ensure the local King County Imagination Library program thrives. Please consider giving to this equitable, impactful, engaging early literacy program through the “Champions for Literacy Match Campaign,” stated Imagination Library of Washington’s Executive Director, Brooke Fisher-Clark.

 

Reading is the cornerstone to learning and success. Access to early literacy opportunities like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library not only prepares our youngest children for kindergarten, but also significantly enhances a child’s academic success through their K-12 journey, and beyond. Established as a tribute to her father in 1995, Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library to help kids develop a love of reading and learning. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age-appropriate book each month to children from the day they are born up until their fifth birthday, at no cost to families.

 

In Washington, the Imagination Library is supported by a collaborative funding approach involving the Imagination Library of Washington, The Dollywood Foundation, and local program partners responsible for managing programs across the state. We are immensely grateful to this anonymous donor for their commitment to supporting this program and for leading the way in encouraging community support, essential for the program's sustainability in King County.

 

You have the power to transform a child's life and double your impact with a donation to Imagination Library of Washington’s “Champions for Literacy” Match Campaign. Help us put more books into the hands and hearts of King County early learners now until June 1st!

 

 

 

About Imagination Library of WashingtonEstablished in 2022, Imagination Library of Washington is the statewide partner of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Powered by United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and under contract with Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families, Imagination Library of Washington fosters a love of reading among young learners by ensuring equitable access to free monthly books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Imagination Library of Washington collaborates with 46 local program partners throughout the state to enroll children from birth to age five for one free, high quality, age-appropriate book each month mailed directly to children’s homes – at no cost to families. For more information, visit www.imaginationlibrarywashington.org.

 

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibrarySince launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Community Partners.  The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books directly to children’s homes each month. Each child enrolled in the program receives one book per month from birth to age five - at no cost to families.  Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

The program’s impact has been widely researched, and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.

 

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