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Read SI to launch Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton is shown surrounded by books with the quote "You can never get enough books into the hands of children."
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is coming to southern Illinois starting next week.

Starting on July 9, Read S-I says families living in the southern 18 county region will be able to enroll their children ages 0-5 for free books delivered to their home each month.

The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was founded by the iconic entertainer in 1995 and has grown to become a global initiative dedicated to ensuring every child has access to books.

The Dollywood Foundation pays for some of the costs, while the remaining costs are shared by the state of Illinois and Read S-I.

The launch schedule on July 9 includes stops in Carbondale, Carterville, Marion, Du Quoin, Vienna and Cairo. On July 10, stops are set for Benton, Fairfield and Carmi.

For more information about the Imagination Library and how to enroll a child, click here.

Read SI Dolly Parton Imagination Library Launch Celebration Schedule July 9, 2024

9 a.m. Memorial Hospital of Carbondale

10 a.m. Cairo Public Library 1609 Washington Ave, Cairo, IL 62914

10 a.m. Carbondale Public Library 405 W Main, Carbondale IL 62901

10 a.m. Anne West Lindsey District Library 600 N Division St, Carterville, IL 62918

10:30 a.m. Marion Carnegie Library206 S Market St, Marion, IL 62959

10:30 a.m. McCoy Memorial Library 130 S Washington St, McLeansboro, IL 62859

11:30 a.m. Anne West Lindsey District Library 600 N Division St, Carterville, IL 62918

1 p.m. Birth to Five Office in Vienna 418 Court Street Vienna, Illinois 62995

1 p.m. Crab Orchard Public Library 20012 Crab Orchard Rd, Marion, IL, 62959

4:30 p.m. DuQuoin Public LIbrary 28 S Washington St, Du Quoin, IL 62832

July 10, 2024

9:30 a.m. Kiddie Kollege 2226 Mount Vernon Rd, Fairfield, IL 62837

1 p.m. Carmi Public Library 103 Slocumb St, Carmi, IL 62821

1 p.m. Cafe Bloom1104 Public Sq, Benton, IL 62812 T

Updates Will Be Provided In the Read SI Facebook page.

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