Imagination Library to reopen in Meeker; funds remain short to include Rangely

RBC I Moffat County Youth United Way, the youth component of Moffat County United Way, and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, reports that registration for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reopened for Meeker residents.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that offers high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to families and limits registration only by age and residence, not socio-economic status or other factors. All children who register will receive a free book mailed to their home once a month until the month of their fifth birthday.
Registration was suspended for Moffat County and Rio Blanco County residents in November after successful launch events enrolled many more children than anticipated based on national projections. Registration for Moffat County residents opened in March due to community support. Registration for Meeker residents is now open thanks to generous donations from the Meeker Lion’s Club, Meeker Public Library and the Freeman E. Fairfield Trust.
“We were overwhelmed by the response we received to the program and are thrilled that families value literacy for their young children,” said Michelle Balleck, Connections 4 Kids coordinator. “We are excited to reopen registration for Meeker’s youngest community members thanks to generous donations from local organizations.”
Registration for Rangely residents continues to be suspended while the agencies seek funding to enroll additional children.
Meeker families with children younger than 5 can enroll them in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library by visiting www.Connections4Kids.org or Meeker Public Library.
For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Libraries in our communities, call Michelle Balleck at 824-8282, ext. 47, or email her at mballeck@moffatcounty.net.