An additional 30 young children in the Surrey-White Rock community will begin receiving free monthly books thanks to generous donations made to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program last month!
Sources Volunteer Services, which administers the local affiliate of the global Imagination Library program, held a fundraiser in December 2020 to enroll as many children as possible from its growing waitlist of over 100 children.
“The Imagination Library is an amazing program that makes a positive difference for countless children and families around the world. Here in our community, I often hear from parents and caregivers about how much they appreciate the books and the value they get from reading together with their children,” said Carrie Belanger, Manager of Volunteer Resources at SOURCES.
HOW IT WORKS: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends a brand-new, age-appropriate book to a registered child’s (aged 0-4) home every month, regardless of family income.
“The goal is to break down barriers and get to equality, so that all children can be at the same level when they enter kindergarten,” Belanger said.
WHAT IT COSTS: It costs just $3.55 to send a book to a child each month – this includes the cost of the book and shipping – and the child gets to keep all the books!
“To enroll a newborn child through to graduation – their fifth birthday – costs $213.”
There is plenty of research showing the link between reading and success in life. One study shows that the more books are in a child’s home, the more years of education they will achieve.
Vera is an avid reader of 87 years of age who is very excited to support young children to have books sent to their home. Vera generously made a donation to SOURCES’ fundraiser last month.
Vera was born in a northern Alberta community. She rode her horse, Lady, to a one-room schoolhouse where she learned to read wonderful stories of people just like her and of far away lands.
“When children are read to, it supports their literacy,” said Vera. “Please join me in providing books for young children who are on the Imagination Library waitlist in Surrey and White Rock. Learning to read can take you to many places.”
As of mid-January, the waitlist has grown to 145 children.
“We want all children to know the joy of reading and the excitement of learning together,” Belanger said.
“Thank you to all the individuals, groups and businesses who have supported the children and families of our Imagination Library. Thank you for giving the gift of possibilities.”
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