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 sending out 13,263 books to County preschoolers in 2019.
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.
In addition to paying for the cost and mailing of Imagination Library books to county children and for the gifts bags given out through Project Books At Birth, ACR provides information about our work and sells used children’s books at local events such as farmers’ markets and school fairs. ACR has worked with Champlain Valley Head Start staff to present workshops for parents and has sponsored readings by children’s picture book authors in local
libraries during the summer. When Imagination Library books are returned as undeliverable because parents have moved without a forwarding address, they are processed and then donated to local children’s resource programs.