Logan Anthony, 3, works on a picture he's coloring after listening to the story-time launch event of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The program provides free books to kids from birth to age 5.

Photo by Darian Warden

Logan Anthony, 3, works on a picture he's coloring after listening to the story-time launch event of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The program provides free books to kids from birth to age 5.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library opens registration

Launch Events

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Rangely Regional Library, 109 East Main St., Rangely

10 a.m. Wednesday, at Meeker Public Library, 490 Main St., Meeker

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library kicked off Thursday at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries.

The program offers free books for children from birth to age five. After registering, children receive a book each month mailed to their house.

A collaboration between Connections 4 Kids and the Moffat County Youth United Way, the launch event included locals reading books from the Imagination Library.

“Corrie Ponikvar heard about the program and thought it was really important and a great way to build that love of literacy in kids,” Connections 4 Kids coordinator Michelle Balleck said.

Made possible through a grant from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services, the program’s goal is to enroll 20 percent of the total amount of kids they hope to have enrolled within five years.

The program expects to enroll about 70 percent of the total eligible population after five years.

After completing launches in Craig, Rangely and Meeker, there will be permanent displays in libraries where parents may sign kids up, along with the ability to sign them up online at www.connections4kids.org.

April Anthony brought her son, Logan, 3, to story time and signed him up for the program.

“We read books at nap time and at bed time,” Anthony said. “ I think it provides a lifetime benefit. I’ve read to all four of my kids. I think it makes it easier for them in school.”

Marcie Lefevre also brought her son, Nathan, 2. She said she signed Nathan up for the program to help instill a love of reading at a young age.

“It’s getting him to enjoy it so he has a desire to learn it when he gets older,” Lefevre said.

United Way executive director, Corrie Ponikvar, said she was really excited about offering the program to the community, and added she hoped the older kids in the Moffat County Youth United Way would get involved and read to the younger kids.

“It’s free, there’s absolutely no reason not to sign up,” Ponikvar said. “ Part of it is encouraging parents to have kids school ready. I hope lots participate.”

For more information contact Michelle Balleck at (970) 824-8282 extension 47 or email her at mballeck@moffatcounty.net

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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