At the check presentation at the Buena Vista Public Library are, front row from left: J. David Holt and Karen Johnson; back row, Mary Beth Moser, Sarah Simon, Melissa McCain, Kelly Nary, Judy Koler and Amy Noltensmeyer.

Last month, the Buena Vista Public Library donated $500 to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program through the Buena Vista Rotary Club. As a strong supporter of the program, Rotary member J. David Holt offers his thanks for the generous grant.

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s program aims to enrich children’s lives – from birth to the age of 5 – with the gift of reading. At no cost to their families, children in this program can receive a free book in the mail monthly.

Since its founding, the Imagination Library has won many awards and celebrated several milestones, and it has spread from Parton’s home state of Tennessee to multiple countries around the world.

Supporters at the library believe this program “lets more people know about our library and what we offer, it instills the love of reading into kids at an early age. Having books around and starting your own personal library at an early age has proven to increase reading skills in kids entering kindergarten.” In giving generously to this cause, the library is giving back to a community that has supported it so much.

Holt is happy to say that the $500 will be able to provide 20 or more children in Buena Vista a monthly book for a full year.

“As a parent of a child who benefitted significantly from an early reading program, I personally thank you,” Holt says.

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