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The Imagination Library

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It is a gift that speaks volumes. An opportunity for many children in Clinton County to receive books for free. Thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

She launched the program in her home county in East Tennessee about seventeen years ago. High quality, age appropriate books are mailed directly to childrens' homes, for free. There are board members who decide which books are chosen yearly, and what books would be best for kids.

Parents can register children up to five years of age.. It cost twenty five dollars to register a child for one year. In Clinton County, that expense is covered through donations from community organizations and from grants. Parents pay nothing.

Jordan Goddard's three year old son receives books. Gina Sexton's son and daughter are also registered in the Imagination Library. The parents say the books have great illustrations, bright colors, and their children really enjoy them.

Jenny Kreiter helped to launch the program in Clinton County a few months ago. She says without this, some children would not have access to books. Almost seven hundred children in Clinton County receive a free book, once a month.  The program is intended to help children develop a love for reading, improve childhood literacy, and build a child's self esteem.

There are more than three thousand children in Clinton County who are eligible for Imagination Library. The program started in the county last year.