Caroline County Commissioners

From left are Caroline County Commissioners Wilbur Levengood, Larry Porter and Dan Franklin, with Amanda Courie, youth services manager, Caroline County Public Library, in the children’s room at the Central Library in Denton.

DENTON — Caroline County commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood and Dan Franklin recently supported Imagination Library by approving a $3,000 allocation toward the program for FY17.

Available free of charge to all children living in Caroline County, Imagination Library sends participants one new, high-quality children’s book, mailed to their home every month, from birth to age 5.

“The commissioners recognize that reading to young children and having good books in the home goes a long way toward creating lifelong learners in our county,” said Amanda Courie, youth services manager, Caroline County Public Library. “Their commitment to the education of our youngest children is wonderful.”

Imagination Library of Caroline County is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and is administered by the Caroline County Public Library. A partnership of community leaders assists in fundraising and marketing, and includes the following organizations: Maryland Rural Development Corporation, Family Support Center, Greensboro and Federalsburg Judy Centers, Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, Caroline Economic Development Corporation, Caroline County Human Services Council, Caroline County Public Schools, Caroline County Recreation and Parks, Caroline County Family YMCA and the Caroline County Commissioners Office.

Enrollment in the program, which opened one year ago, is now close to 1,100 children. The Dollywood Foundation provides administrative support for the program, with all other funds being raised locally. The cost is $25 per year, which covers the cost of 12 books and postage for one child. The program is free to participants and is funded through grants and donations.

All donations can be mailed to DP Imagination Library, c/o Caroline County Public Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629, or be made in person with cash, check or credit card at any Caroline County Public Library location.

To sign up for Imagination Library, visit www.imagination library.com.

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