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Campbell Library, School Districts Now Part of Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is now a program at Campbell County Public Library.

The program is designed to put a new book in the hands of every child - each month until the age of 5.

The Dolly Parton Foundation, founded by the famed country music singer and actress, provides all the money for printing the books.

The library and local school districts pay to have the books delivered to children.

Campbell County Schools, Bellevue Independent, Dayton Independent, Fort Thomas Independent, and Newport Independent are all participating. Southgate Independent has its own funding for Imagination Library, a news release said.

Registration is open to all children who live in Campbell County from birth to age 5.

To sign up, families can pick up a paper registration form at any branch of the library, fill it out, and mail it back.

Starting Thursday, September 5, children will be able to register online at Eight to 10 weeks after registration, books will begin to arrive.

Each book is selected by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. A committee of parents, teachers, child development specialists, librarians, publishers, and others specializing in early childhood literacy make the selections based on age appropriateness and the development of positive themes such as promotion of self-esteem and confidence, regard for diversity and appreciation of art. If you children’s ages vary between newborn and 5, each child will receive a book appropriate to that age. 

Each book is mailed separately, so siblings’ books might arrive at different times in the month.

-Staff report