Welcome to the website of Addison County Readers, Inc. We are a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting early literacy and future school success.
Central to this mission is our sponsorship of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends a book each month to the home of each registered child (birth through five years of age) at no cost to the family. Children of different ages receive different titles; the books are carefully selected and are the children’s to keep.
ACR also collaborates with the nursing staff at the Birthing Center in Porter Medical Center, in Middlebury, Vt., in Project Books At Birth. Before leaving the hospital each family is offered a gift bag from ACR that includes a letter of welcome, one free children’s book, and a registration brochure for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Approximately 25 gift bags are given out each month. Funding for the project comes from the Walter Cerf Community Fund. We are currently working to extend this program to babies born in Hancock, Vt.
- Please browse through our website. If you are a parent of an Addison County preschooler who is not registered for the Imagination Library, you are invited to enroll your child. If there is more than one preschooler in your family, each child can be registered separately and will receive his/her own book. Parents report that their children love these books and look forward to their arrival in the mail. To see a representative list of titles, click here.
Volunteers at Addison County Readers, Inc., are responsible for raising the $30 per child per year that it costs to deliver books to over 1,000 Addison County preschoolers currently enrolled in the program. We are funded by donations from local organizations and towns, private donors, grants, and through other fund raising activities. We welcome your support, either through a donation or through assisting ACR, Inc. as a volunteer. Please contact us to become involved.
More about Addison County Readers, Inc.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was introduced to Addison County by Ilsley Public Library in 2007 and was originally open only to residents of Middlebury. Volunteers quickly came forward to form a non-profit group whose goal was to expand the program to include all preschoolers in the county. The first countywide mailing was completed in January 2008. The Imagination Library has been an overwhelming success sending out more than 12,000 books to County preschoolers in 2014.
We believe that early reading experiences are a prerequisite for children’s future success in school and that there should be books in all homes, regardless of family income. The 2010 census indicated there were 1772 children under the age of 5 in Addison County. Our goal is to reach 70% of this population, or almost 1250 children, at a total cost of some $37,500 per year.
In order to continue to serve children currently enrolled, as well as to offer it to an increasing number, ACR. Inc. seeks volunteers to help it expand its fund-raising with local organizations and businesses, grants and donations, towns in Addison County, and other activities.