Middletown Community Foundation

10,000th Dolly Parton Imagination Library Book To Be Delivered To A Middletown Child

submitted by T. Duane Gordon

MIDDLETOWN - The Middletown Community Foundation and its partners in the local chapter of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will this month celebrate delivery of the project's 10,000th book to a Middletown child.
"We're so thrilled with the response that the program has had in the community thus far as parents learn that reading to children from birth is the single most important activity to prepare their little ones for school," said Middletown Community Foundation Executive Director T. Duane Gordon. He added that initial projections had them passing the 10,000-book milestone in late 2010, something they have done several months earlier than originally expected.
The first books were distributed to Middletown children in January 2009, and by the end of this month more than 10,400 books will have been mailed to homes here.
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Nominees Sought for Steel Magnolia Award

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