Imagination Library Enrolls 900 Students

A national program to inspire a love of reading is coming to Natrona County. Our Kimberly Barroteran tells us how you can take part in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – that sends free books to children.

After just three weeks since the library has implemented Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, almost 900 kids in Natrona County have been enrolled in the program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library emails free books to children’s homes each month until they turn five years old. Natrona County is now a local affiliate after receiving a grant from the national collective health trust that covers the cost of each child. Marketing and PR manager at the library, Megan Bratton, says they want to provide this opportunity to all children in the community.

“This can just go on in perpetuity as long as the community is using it and there are kids that are benefiting from it, we want to make sure that we keep this here in Natrona County.”

Bratton says the program helps children be kindergarten ready, which is part of their commitment to early literacy in Natrona County. It’s a really great way to help your kids prepare for success. When kids learn to read by third grade, if they’re at reading level by that age, it’s a good indicator of whether or not they’re going to be graduating from high school. The other big thing that it does is it brings families together because it creates that bond, that time and that opportunity for parents and caregivers to really just sit and be with their children.

Children under the age of five who are residents in Natrona County are eligible to enroll on the library’s website or through scanning a qr code. Parent Stephanie King says she’s ready to enroll her two little ones.

“I think it’s already great that you can come to the library and access all the free books and keep them for quite a while. So I think the thought of receiving a book for free monthly will be awesome.”

Kimberly Barroteran, Your Wyoming Link, Casper.