Children ages 5 and under in Altheimer were recently invited to sign up to receive free books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, according to a news release.


The Imagination Library for Jefferson County had board members and staff available at the Altheimer Library to provide parents and guardians with information about the early literacy program for preschool children.


Parton launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee.


“Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families,” according to the release. “Since that time, the program has grown and is being replicated all over the world.”


YouthPartners, the United Way of Southeast Arkansas, and other community leaders, obtain funding to replicate this program for Jefferson County.


The Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of children’s books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could™. The last book they receive is Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come when they reach their 5th birthday, according to the release.


“Thanks to the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation, any eligible child in Altheimer can experience this excitement,” said Linda Bateman, YouthPartners executive director. “A parent that attended, Kyrstal Shelton, said ‘my 2-year-old is already signed up in the program and loves getting her book out of the mailbox each month.”


She recommends it for all parents. The Imagination Library program is available for people throughout Jefferson County.


Details: 870-534-8251 or email: youthpartners@pbreynoldscenter.org.