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Special to the News-Times

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is available to all children of San Jacinto County.

Coldspring and Shepherd libraries have partnered with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library to benefit children in San Jacinto County, with Coldspring Library as the host coordinating site.

Any child who resides in zip codes 77331 (Coldspring), 77359 (Oakhurst), 77364 (Point Blank) and 77371 (Shepherd) and is between the ages of 0 and 5 is eligible to participate.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides free, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children, from birth through their fifth birthday
For a $25 annual donation, the county’s libraries and the Imagination Library will mail 12 books directly to a registered child’s home. The child must reside in San Jacinto County and be registered by an authorized adult.

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 more than 182 million free books in the United

States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland.

To build a strong culture of reading for young children and increase early literacy in San Jacinto County, the libraries are seeking donors to contribute to our project.

Please stop by either the Coldspring or Shepherd library to pick up an enrollment form. Donations to the program can also be made in person at the library.

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