Cedar Rapids children in low-income neighborhoods will soon have access to more books to read, thanks in part to Dolly Parton. The Cedar Rapids Library Foundation announced Wednesday that the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has arrived in the community.

The free program provides one book each month to a child from the time they are born, until they are five years old. Each book is mailed directly to their home. Officials say the effort is aimed at providing books to low-income children in the area. In Cedar Rapids, one of four students do not read proficiently by the third grade. In lower-income neighborhoods, it jumps to one in three.

The Cedar Rapids Library Foundation launched the program back in January. So far, more than 1500 children have signed up. If you would like your children to be part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, you can learn more about the program and sign up HERE.


[via KCRG]