Conway Imagination Library
The Imagination Library was launched in 1995 by Dolly Parton to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. www.imaginationlibrary.com
Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. She could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
The program became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Thus we now have Conway’s Imagination Library.
Arkansas Preschool plus, a Conway non-profit dedicated to the early childhood population in the community, became an official affiliate sponsor for Imagination Library for Conway in 2014 with an official launch hosted by the Conway Rotary Club in February 2014 with First Lady Ginger Beebe as the special guest. The program provides a free book per month to children from birth up to the age of 5. Imagination Library works through non-profit affiliates that step up to support the program through finding sponsorship's and managing the program locally. Through the program, 12 books are provided per year per child for only $25.
Any resident of Conway (zip 72032 or 72034) that has a child/children ages birth up to 5 years old, can enroll to receive a free, quality, age appropriate book mailed to their home each month. They just go to this website www.imaginationlibrary.com to sign up.
Local community sponsors that make Imagination Library possible are Conway Corporation, Senator Jason Rapert, Community Foundation, Conway Rotary Club and Virco.