UPDATE: Correction and clarification on the previous report—Josephine County Library administrators say that fundraising for the Imagination Library is still very much ongoing.
To fund the program for five years, the library needs to raise $163,000. So far they have gathered $50,000 from local sponsors and donations, but they will need donations from the public to raise the necessary amount.
The Josephine County Library will be taking donations through May, which can be easily done through their website.
Library administrators say that they've received over 100 donations since NewsWatch 12 aired the story.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Families throughout Josephine County will have the ability to order a new book every month for their child for free, as long as the child is under the age of five. Those books will be mailed to households—and the postage is covered too.
The opportunity comes from an organization called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library—founded by the unsinkable country star herself. The Josephine County Library is hosting the program, and all registration can be done through them.
“Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children," Parton says on the Imagination Library site.
Josephine County Rotary Clubs, AllCare Health, and the Josephine County Library Foundation sponsored the program so that families could register for free.
"The real heroes of our story are the thousands of local organizations who have embraced my dream and made it their own. They raise millions of dollars each year and wake up every day with a passion to make sure their kids have every opportunity to succeed," said Parton.
While local organizations have funded bringing the Imagination Library to Josephine County, the library is hoping for donations from the public to sustain the program for as long as possible. Anyone who would like more information on the program or would like to make a donation to keep the Imagination Library going can call the library at 541-476-0571, email email@example.com, or visit the website at josephinelibrary.org.