When Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple concert tour came to Verizon Theatre recently, United Way and friends were at the pre-show Meet ‘n Greet to tell Dolly about the success of our local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Dolly’s international book distribution program, which United Way brought to Tarrant County eight years ago, has provided more than 129,000 free books to area children. United Way provided start-up funds, administers the local program and enrolls children, while Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is the largest funder and has been a strong supporter since the beginning. Pictured here with Dolly is Lisa Witkowski, Workforce Solutions Child Care Program Director.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free books monthly to the homes of enrolled children from birth to age 5 to encourage a love of reading and foster future school success. Local children who begin the program at birth can accumulate 60 free books, beginning with “The Little Engine That Could” and ending with “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.” Some books are available in Spanish. United Way of Tarrant County currently offers the program in 23 ZIP codes that touch 11 Tarrant County communities. To register your child or to learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, please visit unitedwaytarrant.org/dollyparton.