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Service Project: Imagination Library

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Once again, National English Honor Society chapters are joining with our partners in Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta, supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for the international service project.

What is the Imagination Library’s Impact on Childhood Literacy?

Dolly Parton began the Imagination Library in 1995 to encourage early childhood literacy in her home county in East Tennessee. The goal was to provide high-quality, age-appropriate books to all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, from infancy to kindergarten. Since then, the Imagination Library has mailed over 120 million books to children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia!

Other important statistics you should know about the Imagination Library:

  • It costs $25 to sponsor a child and provide them with twelve books over the course of the year. This covers the cost of the books and the shipping. No administrative costs are taken from this program!
  • Over 1.4 million children currently are being served by the Imagination Library.
  • Books are in English but two books in each age group are bilingual Spanish. Braille and audio books for visually impaired preschool children are available through a partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind.

There are statistics and studies showing that enrollment in the program drastically improves early childhood literacy, a skill that will benefit these children for the rest of their lives!

NEHS Participation

The main collection will take place in the spring. Do not send funds directly to the Imagination Library. The final collection date will be May 1, 2020.

Send Checks to:
National English Honor Society
Attn: Imagination Library
Department of English
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


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