Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. Are the books from ACR, INC. entirely free or are there “hidden” costs and fees that parents must pay to participate?
A. The books are provided free to all registered children from birth to age five living in Addison County. There are no strings attached and parents are not required to pay for the books received or pay any costs to participate in the program. Because Addison County Readers, Inc. must pay approximately $30.00 per year per child to cover the costs of the books, we encourage grandparents, other relatives or friends to sponsor a child if they are able.
Q. How do participating children get the books? Are parents required to pick them up?
A. Each month, a new age-appropriate book is mailed to the child at the home address provided on the registration form. Books with incorrect addresses are not forwarded by the post office but are returned to ACR, Inc. They can be picked up at Ilsley Library in the ensuing month.
Q. How soon will the first book be shipped?
A. The first book should be received 8-10 weeks after the registration form is processed. If not, please contact us.
Q. How are the books selected?
A. The books are new, age-appropriate books selected by a team of early childhood education experts appointed by the Dollywood Foundation. Each June, the committee sorts through a world of possibilities to select a quality, diverse and universal collection of titles. To see a representative list of books children receive, click here. There are 60 books in all if the child is registered at birth.
Q. Is there a family income requirement for participation?
A. No. Books are provided to registered children from birth to age five regardless of parents’ income. Encouraging reading early in life for all children is the principal goal of Addison County Readers, Inc.
Q. If I move out of Addison County, can my child still participate?
A. Should you move outside Addison County, your child automatically exits the program; however, parents/legal guardians may go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website to see if the Imagination Library is available in your new community.
Q. What are the benefits of participating in the program?
A. There are lots of great benefits to parents and children. Participation in the program and reading the books to your child has been shown to:
* Build vocabulary. Reading regularly with your child helps him/her learn to read by hearing familiar words and seeing what they look like in print. The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary. The larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely he/she will be a proficient reader.
* Enhance learning. The more you talk and read to your child, the faster he/she will learn. The report of the Commission on Reading states that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
* Prepare children for success in school. According to a 2008 study completed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teachers reported that children who had participated in the Imagination Library were “better prepared” than students who had not participated in the program. Kindergarten teachers rated Imagination Library kindergarten students higher on reading, speaking, thinking and social skills than on non-participating students.
* Increase the bond between parent and child. Reading to your child encourages him/her to associate reading with love and comfort.
Q. What if I have other questions?
A. If you still have a question, go directly to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website to learn more, or you may visit our Contact Us page to send a message to a member of the ACR, Inc. board.