Young Scioto County children will soon have the opportunity to read to their hearts content.
The Ohio’s Governor’s office has announced that Scioto County is the next to be inducted into the Ohio Governors Imagination Library. The program launches Jan. 24, at 11:45 a.m. and all are welcome to attend.
To kick off the event Ohio’s first lady, Fran DeWine will be in attendance at the Portsmouth Public Library. There, she will read to the children one of the many books available through the program.
The Governor’s Office has partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to create this union for Ohio youth. The program will see enrolled children, from birth to the age of five, receive a new book each month.
Once a month the children will receive a new book, in the mail. With the aid of Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio, Scioto and its surrounding counties will soon be able to take advantage of the program, at no costs to the family.
The books are hand-selected by a panel. The panel consists of child development experts, who will be choose books for enjoyment and stimulate young minds. An aim to increase literacy skills earlier and get more children reading.
All partners and affiliates are ensuring that each and every child has access to the books. “These books will bring an entire state together,” Michael-Ann Cox said.
DeWine first learned of the Imagination Library in her home library of Greene County. She witnessed the impact the program had on her own grandchildren and wanted to deliver it to each child across the state.
In July 2019, the Ohio legislature approved $5 million over two years to see this realized. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties are being included, and the mission is expected to reach every child by 2021.
Still growing, the program is now taking form in our local areas.
DeWine will read at the Portsmouth Public Library on Jan. 24 and all are encouraged to attend. The event starts at 11:45 a.m. where the program will be introduced. For more information on the initiative or to enroll a child go to, ohioimaginationlibrary.com.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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