Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library coming to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is expanding
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Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2021 at 11:08 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is starting a new program: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL).

DPIL is a monthly book-gifting program that mails free, personalized, age-appropriate books to all children aged 0-5, regardless of family income, in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area.

The idea to bring the program to Harrisonburg and Rockingham came from a community member and was brought to the foundation.

“We are so grateful for it because we thought this was a wonderful idea,” program officer at TCFHR Amanda Bomfim said. “We believe that education is the key to a bright future.”

The purpose of the program is to create excitement about reading and build literacy by providing children with their own library of high-quality books, according to a TCFHR press release. Bomfim said the program also offers resources for parents.

“Literacy is so important and as we learn more about the research, children’s brains really develop between the ages of zero and five and there are parents and guardians and grandparents out there who don’t have the money to afford books,” Revlan Hill, executive director of TCFHR said.

TCFHR is teaming up with community leaders, programs, businesses, schools, and nonprofits to increase outreach and raise funds for this new program. Old Dominion Realty and F&M Bank have each contributed and posted a challenge to other local businesses to support the program.

The Dollywood Foundation gives the books free of charge and the local partner covers the cost of mailing the books.

Hill said the Dollywood Foundation recommends they raise the funds needed for three years of programming before enrolling children, and the foundation’s goal is to raise $100,000.

Interested donors and sponsors wanting to support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library initiative can send a check to The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County at P.O. Box 1068, Harrisonburg, VA 22803 or donate via their website.

Hill said their hope is to begin enrollment in January.

For questions on how to give, call TCFHR at (540) 432-3863.

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