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Elgin library to introduce early literacy program
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Published: 2/22/2009 12:03 AM

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Thanks to the generosity a corporate sponsor, Provena St. Joseph Hospital, and additional financial support from the Elgin Township, United Way of Elgin is introducing the nationally acclaimed Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the community from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

The event is free and open to the public. Activities throughout the event will include storytelling, a children's concert, mime, juggling and face painting. Light refreshments will be served.

Families in the Elgin area will be invited to register their children for Imagination Library. This program delivers new, age-appropriate books to children each month in the mail at no cost to the family. To be eligible, children must be under the age of 5 and the family must reside at an address within one of the following ZIP codes: 60120, 60121, 60123, 60124, 60177, 60140, 60147 and 60109.

Imagination Library promotes early literacy skills, and encourages parents and caregivers in their role as a child's first and most important teacher. The program is offered at no cost to Elgin area families. All that is asked of enrolled families is that they read with their children.

Started by Dolly Parton in 1996 in her hometown of Sevier County, Tenn., Imagination Library has grown into an international program operating in more than 700 communities nationwide. Elgin is the newest community to partner with the Dollywood Foundation.

For details, call the United Way office at (847) 741-2259 or e-mail Diane O'Connor at doconnor@uwelgin.org.