Imagination Library launch

7th November 2018

Books from Birth to 5: Youngster’s delight as Dolly Parton Imagination Library Launches in Grimsby


The youngest pupils at Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA), in Grimsby, were delighted to take part in an exciting launch event for the academy’s involvement with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a free monthly book donation initiative.

The international project, which was launched in the country legend’s home town of Sevier County, Tennessee, aims to foster a love of reading amongst preschool children by providing them with a free hardcover book every month from birth up to the age of five.

Since it began in 1996, the Imagination Library has donated over 105 million books across the world. Currently, it has programmes in more than 2,000 communities across the UK, US and Canada, with over 1 million children receiving books each month.

Pupils form OSPA were proud to celebrate joining the programme with a very special event held at the academy at the end of October. Students and staff enjoyed meeting ‘Local Champions’ from rotary clubs and community groups, who will be involved in promoting the programme, helping to register children with the library and providing funding to pay for the books.

Rolf Sperr, of the Cleethorpes Rotary Club, said:

“We hope that through the library, every child, regardless of language, cultural or economic differences, will develop a healthy love of reading.”

“The library also aims to provide them with a proficient vocabulary so that they can begin school with the early literacy skills that are important for academic success, both throughout their childhood and beyond.”

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy, said:

“We are thrilled that our pupils are getting involved with and benefitting from such a fantastic initiative. Our launch event was a roaring success and we enjoyed seeing the difference that the programme is sure to make.”

“Reading is at the centre of the curriculum at OSPA and our staff ensure pupils across the academy are read to each and every day. We now look forward to seeing how the Imagination Library will aid us in our mission to develop a love of reading and reading skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

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