n 1996, Dolly Parton launched Imagination Library as a way to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee.
Her goal was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing a free book a month sent right to their homes.
Imagination Library was so popular that in 2000, Dolly said she would partner with any community willing to help her support it.
Now, there are 40,000,000 books mailed free to children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Among them are more than 125,000 books sent to 6,100 preschoolers from birth to age 5 who reside in Bethel, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown and Stamford.
On Oct. 12, in Danbury , United Way of Western Connecticut will celebrate its five-year partnership with the program with a party at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.
There will be children’s activities, story times, refreshments, and more and will feature a silent auction with 15 Imagination Library books signed by the authors.
There is a suggested $10 donation per family for the event that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine at Tarrywile Park’s Red Barn at 70 Southern Blvd., in Danbury.
The donation will support the local Imagination Library that is run by United Way.