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Student Leadership 2016-2017 Service Project: Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library logoVictor Hugo once wrote: “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” As members of Sigma Tau Delta, you don’t need to be reminded of how literacy can open doors, create opportunities, and inspire communities to be great. That is why Student Leadership is thrilled to invite you to participate in this year’s philanthropy project with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

What is the Imagination Library’s Impact on Childhood Literacy?

Dolly Parton began the Imagination Library in 1995 to encourage early childhood literacy in her home county in East Tennessee. The goal was to provide high-quality, age-appropriate books to all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, from infancy to kindergarten. Since then, the Imagination Library has mailed over 73.9 million books to children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia!

Other important statistics you should know about the Imagination Library:

  • It costs $25 to sponsor a child and provide them with twelve books over the course of the year. This covers the cost of the books and the shipping. No administrative costs are taken from this program!
  • Over 980,000 children currently are being served by the Imagination Library.
  • Books are available in English, Spanish, Burmese, and Braille. Audio books also are available.
  • There are statistics and studies showing that enrollment in the program drastically improves early childhood literacy, a skill that will benefit these children for the rest of their lives!

Dolly Parton Reading with ChildrenWhat Can You Do to Help?

Student Leadership challenges all chapters to sponsor ten children. That is only $250 to provide ten children with a year's worth of books! Proceeds will be split among South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky, three states greatly in need of our help.

How Should Chapters Submit Funds?

Chapters may bring their fundraising money to the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention or mail a check, made out to Sigma Tau Delta, by June 1, 2017.

Sigma Tau Delta Central Office
Attn: Imagination Library
Department of English
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

All money raised will be recorded, listed by chapter, and presented to the Imagination Library in a single check. Please do not send money directly to the Imagination Library.

Begin Today!

The Imagination Library's motto is "Dream More, Learn More, Care More, Be More." As members of Sigma Tau Delta, we always are striving to expand our creativity and our knowledge. It is now time to give back and spark imagination in the next generation of readers, writers, and dreamers by providing them with the tools necessary to aid literacy.

Imagination Library Resources

Fostering Literacy: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library