Proposals now sought for Imagination Library

In an effort to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library throughout Alaska, Best Beginnings is now accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries. All applications must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14.

Presently, more than 19,000 children participate in the program in 93 communities, under 29 local Imagination Libraries. Each Imagination Library mails a brand new, age-appropriate book each month to every child from birth to age 5 who signs up for the program, regardless of family income. There is no charge to participating families. Best Beginnings and local communities raise funds to pay for the books, mailing costs, and family engagement activities. The Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home.

“Community” can be defined as a town, village, or an area where a group of people live. Normally, the community raises the money for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers children, and enters the information into the database.

This Request for Proposals, supported financially by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, invites communities to apply for matching financial and technical assistance in setting up their programs. Funding awards will be on a competitive basis.

Additional information, including an application checklist and contact form, is available at www.BestBeginningsAlaska.org.

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