LARNED — The latest books in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at the Jordaan Library in Larned were passed out last week.
Jon Flint, Larned USD 495 superintendent and Larned Mayor Bob Pivonka donated their time to read to the children. Over 65 children have enrolled in the program.
The library will continue to take applications for any child 0 to 5 and has a 67550 zip code. The program is sponsored by country singing legend Dolly Parton. A child from birth to 5-years-old receives a free book each month.
You can contact Debbie Gore at the library (620) 285-2876 or visit the uwck.org website.
If you would like to have your group or organization sponsor the program, contact Julie Bugner-Smith at United Way of Central Kansas (620) 792-2403 and she will present a program.
The program was started and funded by United Way of Central Kansas, along with additional funding provided by Pamida, Kiwanis, and the Lions Club.
Dolly Parton did not have books as a child and feels it is very important for children to have their own books. It is important children be read to early and often so they can develop a love for books and reading. The first book, “The Little Engine That Could,” is delivered with a letter from Dolly Parton and personalized with the child’s name.