A grant to the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation in 2017 has helped to make Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) available to children in Cedar Rapids. This program allows children ages 0-5 to enroll at any time, and to have one book per month mailed to the child’s home. The Library Foundation covers the cost of the book and the mailing through a partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, which manages the fulfillment process.
Launched in 2018, the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is excited about the impact the program could have in our community. DPIL research shows that participating families read together more often; participating children perform significantly better on their kindergarten literacy assessment than non-DPIL peers and continue to do so when they reach 3rd grade; and participating children perform better in vocabulary and reading comprehension than non-participants.
Each month, participating children receive a book in the mail that corresponds with their age. Many of the books include a fold-out tab with questions and conversation guides for parents and caregivers. This helps the child engage with the book, and builds vocabulary and comprehension skills.
To sign up your child or learn how to support this initiative, click here.
To learn more about the program and its potential impact, click here.