DCF Grant Supports Dolly Parton Reading Program at Aurora Public Library


The program sends free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, regardless of their family’s income.

Dearborn Community Foundation board member Jan Tyler, right, presents a $ 1,000 grant check to Aurora Public Library District Manager Peggy Dean. Photo provided.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a proactive $ 1,000 grant to the Aurora Public Library District to help support a book donation program through which free and high-quality books quality are mailed to children.

In an ongoing effort to make an impact on the Dearborn County community, DCF is awarding 15 proactive grants of $ 1,000 each throughout 2021 to charities that serve the residents of Dearborn County. Each of the 15 volunteer members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors recommends a grant. The money comes from the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment funds, established by donors to provide the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the community over the years.

DCF Board Member Jan Tyler recommended the $ 1,000 grant for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in the Aurora Public Library District because “it’s a great program that promotes awareness. reading, which is so important for future success ”.

“The program sends high-quality books free to children from birth to five years old, regardless of their family’s income,” said Tyler, explaining that a child has the monthly opportunity to build a small library at home. so that he can read everyday. … Families can register for the program at local libraries or online. I am passionate about our libraries and the early introduction of reading to children. “

In 1995, Parton started Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to benefit children in his home county in eastern Tennessee. The singer-songwriter’s vision is to foster the love of reading in preschoolers and their families by gifting them with a specially selected book each month.

“When I was growing up in the hills of eastern Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to become a writer and singer. The seeds for these dreams are often found in books, and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow all over the world, ”Parton explains.

A total of 170,824,458 books were shared in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland. To find out more or to donate to the entire program, visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/. Go online to donate directly to Dearborn County Library Districts.


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