Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library GTR Board Members 2023
Elizabeth Moore, Ph.D.
Sophie Legault-Bradley, MPA
Data Clerk, Grand Traverse County
Data Clerk, Kalkaska County
Leelanau County Liaison
David Rorabacher, Ph.D.
Data Clerk, Grand Traverse
Data Clerk, Antrim County
Read to Me Liaison
Ken Engle, volunteer
Since its start in 2016, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library GTR has provided over 93,000 books to over 4,400 children in the Grand Traverse Region. Program availability has expanded from the Interlochen zip code to a geographic area that spans all of Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.
To promote early literacy and a love of reading by getting books into the homes, hands and hearts of young children, at no cost to the families.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library GTR is the local affiliate of an award-winning book gifting program that supports children’s literacy development from birth to age 5. The program’s mission is to foster a love of reading and to ensure that every child, regardless of family income, can benefit from a home library of high quality, age-appropriate books. DPIL mails books to children each month until their fifth birthday, at no cost to parents. Our nonprofit organization registers eligible children in our region and raises the funds necessary to purchase and mail the books. Our local affiliate is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are passionate about early literacy. Our work is grounded in research showing that participation in the Imagination Library program has significant positive effects on children’s reading attitudes, early literacy and kindergarten readiness, helping to establish a solid foundation for future success in school and beyond.
Please visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/ to see if your address is eligible for the book program. A child is eligible until his/her fifth birthday and must live with their parent(s) or guardian(s) in our service area.