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Kay Bivens shines her flashlight in costume while reading “Good Night, Gorilla” on November 14 during a story time launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at Meeker Public Library. As of November 16, a total of 120 children in Rio Blanco County and 165 children in Moffat County had enrolled in the program.

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Connections 4 Kids busy with new programs

Connections 4 Kids, serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, has been busy. With the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Awesome Parent program, environment rating scale trainings and compiling resource lists for parents, coordinator Michelle Balleck has been busy too. Balleck said the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program received an overwhelming response from the community, registering as many kids in the first eight days of the launch as the national organization projected them to register by the end of the second year of the program. And although Balleck is happy with the response, she said it breaks her heart the agency will have to suspend registration for the time being while seeking additional funding for the program.

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