Ryun Pressgrove, 3, left, and his brother, Jonas Pressgrove, 1-1/2, of Craig, read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” October 26 at their home. The book is one of many included in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which launches in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in November. The program, presented locally by Moffat County Youth United Way and Connections 4 Kids, mails a free book to each registered child each month until age 5.

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Ryun Pressgrove, 3, left, and his brother, Jonas Pressgrove, 1-1/2, of Craig, read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” October 26 at their home. The book is one of many included in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which launches in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in November. The program, presented locally by Moffat County Youth United Way and Connections 4 Kids, mails a free book to each registered child each month until age 5.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to launch in Moffat, Rio Blanco counties

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“This is a good way to reach kids at a younger age to increase literacy and see improvements before they hit school age.”

Connections 4 Kids Coordinator Michelle Balleck about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program

Due to recent conversations about literacy among community groups in Moffat County, Moffat County Youth United Way and Connection 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, have brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

A program for children from birth to age 5, the imagination library program is free and provides children with age-appropriate books mailed to their homes once a month.

“There are a lot of programs around for school age kids,” said Michelle Balleck, coordinator for Connections 4 Kids. “This is a good way to reach kids at a younger age to increase literacy and see improvements before they hit school age.”

The program, which is aided by grants received from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Services, begins in November.

Balleck said local launch events are scheduled and will feature storytellers and the opportunity to register. Libraries will have permanent displays.

The first event is planned for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on November 8 at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

The second event is planned for 10:30 a.m. on November 13 at Rangely Regional Library, 109 East Main St. in Rangely.

The third event is planned for 10 a.m. November 14 at Meeker Public Library, 490 Main St.

“I’m excited about the opportunity for children to have high quality reading materials in their hands at a young age,” Balleck said. “This program makes it so easy for families to have access because it goes straight to the home. It’s a great opportunity for families to embrace and grow a love of reading.”

For more information visit www.imaginationlibrary.com or call Michelle Balleck at (970) 824-8282.

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

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