Imagination Library expands in GJ

Grand Junction Imagination Library is now available to children in five Grand Junction ZIP codes.

The local branch of Dolly Parton’s international program Imagination Library allows parents to register their children younger than 5 to receive free books each month. 
A national committee of experts selects the books so they are age-appropriate.

The Grand Junction program, launched in 2008, is available in ZIP codes 81501, 81503, 81505 and 81506. The program expanded to 81504 this month, an addition that makes an estimated 2,424 children eligible,  according to board member Lindsay Keller.

More than 800 children in Grand Junction already participate, or 22 percent of local kids who are eligible. Keller said the goal is to increase utilization to 75 percent of eligible children in each participating ZIP code.

“Childhood literacy is so incredibly important to our society. Some towns base the number of jail cells on how many third-graders in a community can’t read,” Keller said.

Imagination Library purchases its books for $2 apiece.

The Grand Junction Lions Club and Horizon Sunrise Rotary helped Imagination Library reach its fundraising goal for 81504. Keller said she expects 81507 to reach its fundraising goal next.

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