Our mission is to promote literacy for all Grant County preschool children by delivering books to their homes monthly and to support the expansion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library throughout the state of New Mexico. Our vision is that all preschool children in Grant County will arrive at Kindergarten's door ready and able to succeed.
Our program delivers free, age-appropriate, high quality books to the homes of New Mexico's babies, toddlers and preschoolers, each month from birth until their fifth birthday. We encourage parents to read, sing, talk and play with their children, thus giving children the tools to enter Kindergarten ready to learn and increasing the likelihood they will experience success in school and beyond while strengthening family bonds. Currently we serve 1,131 (76%) of the eligible children in Grant County. Further, 2,631 children have graduated, and an additional 800 have moved from the area and taken their libraries with them. Over 18,000 children in the state are enrolled in this program and receive a free book, addressed to the child, each month.
The Imagination Library is one of approximately 2,000 affiliates of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Over 100 million books have been distributed since Dolly started the program over 20 years ago with over 1,000,000 books sent each month. We established our local affiliate in December of 2010. We have facilitated the mailing of over 140,000 books to Grant County kids. We provide a proactive, educationally sound way for caregivers to engage with young children. The only requirements are that the child is under the age of 5, resides in the affiliate's territory and has a parent or guardian who promises to read aloud. Our goal is to make this program available to all preschool children in New Mexico. This proactive approach can do much to eliminate the need to retain third grade students because of poor reading proficiency scores.