Spring has sprung, and program growth is blossoming across the state with the newest addition to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate family, Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library. As an affiliate of the Imagination Library, families with young children from birth up to five years old living in Electric City (99123) can now register their little ones to receive a free book in the mail each month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“Young lives are about to light up in Electric City as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library becomes available to early learners there, thanks to Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library. We are so pleased for more children to have this opportunity to learn and grow,” stated Imagination Library of Washington Executive Director, Brooke Fisher-Clark.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More.

“The Friends of the Grand Coulee Area Library are excited about becoming affiliated with the wonderful Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Supporting literacy at all levels is our passion and nothing promotes that better than the Imagination Library’s mission of gifting a free book every month to children between birth and age five, at no cost to the family,” state Friends group member Susan Kennedy.

Washington is experiencing tremendous program growth with the addition of many new Imagination Library affiliates activating coverage in our largest counties. Thirty-three of Washington’s counties have full program coverage; all families who have children from birth up to age five are able to register their children for free books. Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Grant, and Adams counties currently have partial program coverage with plans to achieve full county coverage in the coming months.

To register an eligible child for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit www.imaginationlibrarywashington.org. Currently, over 52,000 Washington children between birth and five years old are experiencing the magic of a free book each month provided by 41 affiliates throughout the state.