DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY
The average sponsorship cost in Polk County is $2.50 per month for one child to receive an age appropriate book mailed to their home, to build their own private library. A $3,000 sponsorship provides 100 children with one book per month for one year. Each child receives one book per month up to their fifth birthday. Children must be under the age of 5 and reside in a project zip code area, which may be selected by the donors/sponsors. Eight out of 10 middle-income children in Polk County enter Kindergarten ready to read. Only 2 out of 10 low-income children are ready. For that reason low-income sites are targeted when enrolling children. Polk County areas currently in the program are Bartow, Fort Meade, Lake Wales, Lakeland’s Crystal Lake Area (zip 33801) and Winter Haven. Donor dollars are designated to the area of their choice.