The Imagination Library

The Program

"The Imagination Library" is a family literacy program that provides preschool children with a new, age-appropriate book every month, mailed directly to their home—FREE! It is open to all children from birth to age four, regardless of socio-economic status, and ensures that children have quality books at home to enjoy.
 
The Imagination Library promotes and encourages a love of reading and helps ensure that children have an opportunity to enter kindergarten with a strong foundation in literacy and an eagerness to learn. Reading to a child early and often improves their ability to succeed right from the start of their formal education.
 
Registration forms are made available to families through daycares, community centres, health care centres and schools.
 
How it all began...
 
A partnership between the Anglophone East School District and the Moncton Regional Learning Council formed to develop a program that would support early childhood literacy in our region. A retired resource teacher from Port Elgin introduced the idea of “The Imagination Library”, which was beginning to grow in other provinces and was unique in its simplicity of providing free books to very young children. As a teacher, she knew the impact these books would have on preparing children for kindergarten.
 
The program was launched at Port Elgin Regional School that spring and has been growing ever since. To date, more than 1000 children in Southeast New Brunswick have received, at no cost, books that are chosen carefully in keeping with the following fundamental themes: love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture and environment; promotion of self esteem and confidence; and the appreciation of art and aesthetics.
 
It is currently available to children in the following Greater Moncton school catchment areas: Beaverbrook, Birchmount, Edith Cavell, Forest Glen,  Lou MacNarin and Queen Elizabeth. It is also available in several rural communities, including Dorchester, Port Elgin, Hillsborough, Riverside Albert, Havelock, Petitcodiac, Salisbury and Shediac Cape. We are currently the only Imagination Library communities in New Brunswick!
 
The Imagination Library was founded by Dolly Parton in 1996 and expanded to Canada in 2006. The Dollywood Foundation now distributes more than 750 000 books worldwide every month.
 
Our Generous Sponsors
 
The cost of providing a child with a book once a month is approximately $60/year. This program is 100% funded through the generous donations of local rotaries, health care foundations and other local service clubs, as well as local businesses and caring individuals.
 
Many thanks to the following donors:
 
For more information on the Imagination Library in our area, please contact Dawn Parke at 874-3812 or by email at dawn.parke@nbed.nb.ca.

 

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