LOREBURN Housing Association has announced plans to give children across Dumfries and Galloway a free book each month until their fifth birthday after signing up to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
The books will be personalised with each child’s name and posted directly to their home.
According to the National Literacy Trust, one in eight disadvantaged children in the UK say that they don’t have a book of their own. Loreburn’s aim is to give youngsters the chance to enjoy reading.
Sue Irving, director of housing services at Loreburn explained, “Loreburn is delighted to be working with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to offer this exciting initiative to our customers with children under five years of age. Our involvement with the Imagination Library reinforces our commitment in delivering great services to our customers and at this particularly challenging time we are happy to do all that we can to support our customers young and old.”
Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library as a tribute to her dad, who was unable to read. Since launching in 1995, the project has grown and the Imagination Library now mails more than 1.4 million books each month to registered children.