Cheers To Simpson Street Free Press For Calling Attention to ‘Imagination’

I absolutely applaud and endorse the work and spirit which takes place at Simpson Street Free Press.  Bless those who make a space and provide funding for this undertaking as well as the bright curious minds who write the stories.

Today in the Wisconsin State Journal one of those stories appeared and hit on a great love of mine–books–and the placing of books into the hands of youngsters.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has gained popularity across the country and around the world. The Imagination Library, gives young children exposure to books, and is a practical and fun way to support youth literacy. 

Parton founded the program for children in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up. Her goal was to spread the love of reading to children. Parton decided to expand the program after its success in Tennessee.

A United Way donor plans to bring that success to Dane County.

“We have a donor, who wishes to be anonymous, and is making this gift, who wants all Dane County’s children to love reading and enjoy the magic of books, and encourages parents to snuggle and read to their babies and children every day,” said Deedra Atkinson of United Way.

The program works this way in Dane County: Parents register their children up to 5 years of age for the Imagination Library online at by entering basic information such as the address and birthday of the child. Every month, an age-appropriate book will be shipped to that child, bringing an enriching literary experience for the intended child.

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