Reading to your child from birth is one of the most important activities you can do to ensure he or she is prepared for school and also prepared for life, research tells us. Sharing reading time not only helps introduce your baby to language but also aids in proper brain development and assists in strengthening your bond as parent and child. 

That is why the Middletown Community Foundation is so pleased to serve as our local champion for 
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an early childhood literacy program that provides one free, age-appropriate, expert-selected book every month to any child birth to age 5 living within the borders of the Edgewood, Franklin, Madison, Monroe, Trenton, and Middletown School Districts.

Since we started the program locally, we have distributed more than 125,000 free books to over 6,500 local kids, and we’re seeing those who received books come to kindergarten better prepared than those who did not sign up, according to test results. 

The only requirements to 
register your child for this important program are that he or she be under the age of 5 years old and live in the Edgewood, Franklin, Madison, Monroe, Trenton, and Middletown School Districts. There are no costs to join and no income requirements to be met. These books are a gift to all of our community's children thanks to the financial support of the Middletown Community Foundation. 

There is no cost associated with registering your child for the Imagination Library. Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation pays for the program's international administration, and several wonderful local sponsors, led by the Middletown Community Foundation, pay for the costs of book purchase and shipping for local children, roughly $24 per child annually. However, if you would like to contribute to support the program in our community, you may make a tax-deductible gift via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)