By Julia Griffin
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has partnered with Jonesboro State Bank’s Pledge 10 program and is now available for children of Lincoln Parish to enjoy. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age 5, no matter their family’s income.
Jonesboro State Bank’s Pledge 10 seeks to promote four specific focuses within the bank’s geographic vicinity: education, youth development, financial literacy, and community enrichment.
Drew Cruse is the operations officer at Jonesboro State Bank. He said they are proud to be working with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
“We started in Jackson Parish, and since it went so well,” he said, “they have decided to expand to Lincoln, Bienville and Winn Parish because we serve a lot of their community.”
Parton created this program with the intent to teach children to read. Books were only distributed to children from Patron’s hometown at first. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children worldwide.
Parton says in the Imagination Library brochure, “I hope these books inspire you to read with your child. There is nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book – just like when my Momma read to me on her lap in our tiny one-bedroom cabin many years ago.”
Any child who lives in Lincoln, Jackson, Bienville or Winn Parish can receive a free book monthly from birth to age 5.
To get involved with the Imagination Library, submit an official form or sign up online at ImaginationLibrary.com.
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