Dolly's book-a-month program for kids expands in Tennessee - Thursday, 02/10/05

Anonymous Patron writes "Imagination Library, a national literacy program that provides free books to kids, was started nearly a decade ago by country music star Dolly Parton as a way to provide 60 children's books —at the pace of one a month — for every newborn in her native Sevier County.
The Tennessean has this article,
Dolly's book-a-month program for kids expands in Tennessee - Thursday, 02/10/05, as well as Program Details, and A Startup checklist Are they leaving libraries out in the cold?"

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Fiscal Responsibility

There is not an infinite amount of money available for government programs. Until ALA and everyone else starts adding 2 + 2 together libraries are going to continue to be first on the chopping block!

How is this cold?

Oh c'mon, it's one book a month! How is this "leaving libraries out in the cold"? It's just whetting kids' appetite for reading and books, and gives them one book of their own that they don't have to return. Get a grip, people.
Did anyone even see that the program mentioned in the program is being run by the library in that county?

Re:How is this cold?

1 book per month *per child*. Feel free to crunch the numbers but all I see is $$$ going out the window.

There are a couple states now doing this program and I did know that the libraries were involved with one of them. Its still a bad call.

Re:How is this cold?

Illinois bailed on this late last year, after pressure from librarians and after seeing that the program only dealt with one publisher, that librarians would have no choice in title selection and in that all the money would be going out of state. Here's the story and commentary.

Re:How is this cold?

I agree that giving kids books of their own can only be a posiitve for fostering life-long readers--and those readers will become life-long public library users and supporters. Our PL and Friends group has partnered for the past 5 years with our local Kiwanis Club to provide a board-book copy of either "Goodnight Moon" or "The Runaway Bunny" to every baby born at the county hospital. It provides a book that even beginning level or non-reading parents can share with their child--and a link to the library.

My children have always received tons of books as gifts. One birhtday--early on--my son who is now 13, was so happy that the book he got from his aunt wasn't a library book--because he didn't have to return it!

I have the same reaction--get a grip--that you do with many of the negative comments and stories on LIS News. I had the same reaction to the "comic book" saga. Please don't let being a "librarian" stand in the way of promoting readiing and a love of books.

Dolly's book-a-month program

I left this as a reply to one person--but wanted it to also link directly to the origianl posting.

I agree that giving kids books of their own can only be a posiitve for fostering life-long readers--and those readers will become life-long public library users and supporters. Our PL and Friends group has partnered for the past 5 years with our local Kiwanis Club to provide a board-book copy of either "Goodnight Moon" or "The Runaway Bunny" to every baby born at the county hospital. It provides a book that even beginning level or non-reading parents can share with their child--and a link to the library. My children have always received tons of books as gifts. One birhtday--early on--my son who is now 13, was so happy that the book he got from his aunt wasn't a library book--because he didn't have to return it! I have the same reaction--get a grip--that you do with many of the negative comments and stories on LIS News. I had the same reaction to the "comic book" saga. Please don't let being a "librarian" stand in the way of promoting readiing and a love of books.

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