Service Project: Imagination Library
Victor Hugo once wrote: “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” As members of NEHS, you don’t need to be reminded of how literacy can open doors, create opportunities, and inspire communities to be great. That is why the Advisory Council invites you to participate in this year’s philanthropy project with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
What is the Imagination Library’s Impact on Childhood Literacy?
Dolly Parton began the Imagination Library in 1995 to encourage early childhood literacy in her home county in East Tennessee. The goal was to provide high-quality, age-appropriate books to all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, from infancy to kindergarten. Since then, the Imagination Library has mailed over 120 million books to children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia!
Other important statistics you should know about the Imagination Library:
- It costs $25 to sponsor a child and provide them with twelve books over the course of the year. This covers the cost of the books and the shipping. No administrative costs are taken from this program!
- Over 1.4 million children currently are being served by the Imagination Library.
- Books are in English but two books in each age group are bilingual Spanish. Braille and audio books for visually impaired preschool children are available through a partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind.
- There are statistics and studies showing that enrollment in the program drastically improves early childhood literacy, a skill that will benefit these children for the rest of their lives!
NEHS participates in the Society fund-raising project selected by Sigma Tau Delta. Usually, fund-recipients are identified in the region of the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention; in 2020, that convention is in Las Vegas, NV. The following two Imagination Library Affiliates that serve communities with significant literacy issues have been selected to receive funds collected by the English honor societies:
- Northern Nevada Literacy Council
Community: Northern Nevada
- Verde Valley Imagination Library
Community: Verde Valley, AZ
The main collection will take place in the spring. Do not send funds directly to the Imagination Library. The final collection date will be May 1, 2020.
Send Checks to:
National English Honor Society
Attn: Imagination Library
Department of English
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
The Imagination Library's motto is "Dream More, Learn More, Care More, Be More." As members of NEHS, we always are striving to expand our creativity and our knowledge. It is now time to give back and spark imagination in the next generation of readers, writers, and dreamers by providing them with the tools necessary to aid literacy.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Title "Imagination Library."