In October 2014, Smart Beginnings brought to Martinsville-Henry County Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an initiative that fosters a love of reading between parents and their children. Upon registration, each month, children from birth to the age of five, receive an age-appropriate book directly to their homes. Dolly Parton wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she wanted to ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family's income. We couldn't agree more.
Our goals of this initiative are to increase:
- Number of books in the homes of children in Martinsville-Henry County
- Literacy activities in the homes of participating children
- Parent-child interaction
- Child interest in reading
- Parent awareness of child's reading level
To date, in Martinsville-Henry County, each month, more than 350 children receive a book and will continue to receive a book until they turn five years old. Thousands of children have participated over the years.
If you would like to register your child, please fill out this registration form and return to us. (Details on what to do are on the form.)
If you would like to help us bring the joy of reading and books to a child in the area, please refer to this informational flyer. It costs just $27 to sponsor a child.