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Dubuque's United Way launches Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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The United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is launching a program called the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Started in 1995 by country music singer Dolly Parton, the program works to ensure every kid has a library of books.

In 1999, Parton announced the expansion of the program beyond her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee.

Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, every kid from birth through the age of five will be eligible to receive a free book every month mailed to their home and addressed specifically to the child.

The books will be free of charge, and the program is open to all kids in Dubuque County, regardless of socioeconomic status.

"It is our goal to get books in the hands of each and every child," Joey Taylor, executive director of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, said. "If we can play even just a small role in encouraging a child's love of reading, then we feel like we are doing our part. All of this has the potential to amount to higher reading test scores as children progress through their academic career."

Books will begin arriving during the month of January. People can call Dubuque's United Way office to sign their child up for the program. That number is 563-588-1415.

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