Linda McNulty, literacy promotion chairwoman, presents a package of books to a local child. Special to The Commercial


Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored “Books Under Cover,” a project for children and their families to promote literacy in Jefferson County.

The chapter partnered with Robert Anderson of Book Town USA Resource Center and Neighbor to Neighbor in distributing children’s books as well as a quilt for each family.

Under the leadership of Linda McNulty, literacy promotion chairwoman, members chose 500 age appropriate books, which were sorted and packaged, along with snacks for the children. These were made available to families through Neighbor to Neighbor on two separate dates at Neighbor to Neighbor, a spokeswoman said in a news release.

One hundred twenty three children received their own package of books and snacks and 72 families were presented with a quilt.

Each family was also given the opportunity to enroll their children with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program. Linda Bateman, director of Youth Partners, was present and visited with parents explaining the program and offering assistance in enrolling their child.

When enrolled with the Imagination Library, a child will receive an age appropriate book each month in the mail. This program is available to any child in Jefferson County through Youth Partners at 534-8251.

“The Daughters of the American Revolution strive to promote literacy, education, patriotism, and respect for our American heritage,” the spokeswoman said.