Dolly Parton Imagination Library & Ohio Governor's Imagination Library:
Enroll your child today to receive a free book each month!
Midwest Electric serves as an affiliate for Van Wert, Mercer, and Allen County children to receive a free book each month from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library/Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Children from birth to age five can enroll to receive books and jump-start their development, imagination, and love for reading. After enrollment, children will begin receiving a new book each month, at no cost to their family, until they reach the age of five.
Midwest's program is for children of Van Wert, Mercer, and Allen County residents only. However, other counties have affiliates as well. To sign up or see if your county offers the program, visit OhioImaginationLibrary.org.
News Conference with Ohio Governor's Office: Sept. 10, 2020:
“I am thrilled that Midwest Electric will be administering the Imagination Library in Van Wert, Mercer, and Allen counties,” said Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine in a news conference on Sept. 10, 2020. “We’ve continued to expand the Imagination Library statewide because we know the program works. Young children are excited to receive the book each month in the mail, which is addressed to them. And just having these books in the home promotes a love of learning and family bonding that we know adds up to preparing children for kindergarten. I encourage all families in these counties to sign up their children for these free books.”
“Midwest Electric is happy to partner with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. Concern for community is a primary tenet of the electric cooperative industry, so Midwest Electric jumped at the opportunity to become the Van Wert, Mercer, and Allen County affiliate. We realize the importance of families exploring the joy of reading together,” said CEO Matt Berry.
Research has shown that book ownership can be a predictor of future academic success. Studies have found that children with just 25 books in their home were more likely to complete an additional two years of education. Inspired by Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine’s passion for early childhood literacy, the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to ensure that children enter the classroom ready to succeed.
The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is working to ensure that children in all 88 Ohio counties can enroll in Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in 2020, by providing a dollar-for-dollar funding match with each county that opens OGIL to its residents. The Ohio General Assembly committed $5 million to OGIL in the state fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities worldwide.
Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.
“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.
The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”
Learn more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at ImaginationLibrary.com.