The Imagination Library provides children with a free new book every month up through their fifth birthday!

Thanks to the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, the program is coming to Hardee County. Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation is sponsoring 100 children. There are about 2,000 eligible children in Hardee County.

Dolly Parton started Imagination Library in 1995, to fight illiteracy in her eastern Tennessee community. It is now available nationwide, where sponsorships exist. Research shows that disadvantaged children come to school years behind their peers in pre-reading skills, and rarely catch up — and that the children still struggling to read in 3rd grade are the ones who eventually drop out. Evaluations indicate that Imagination Library is getting kids more interested in reading – and getting their parents more comfortable reading to their children.

Join us at our free Dog Days of Spring celebration March 31st at the Wauchula YMCA, located at 610 W Orange St. From 9:30 to 10:30, there will be story time, hands-on activities and a book for every child.

For more information call Jodi Miller at 863-648-1500 ext.265.