Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an international book-gifting programme that has seen over 150 million children’s books gifted to young children from birth up to 5 years since the programme’s inception in 1995. This international initiative was first introduced in the Republic of Ireland in early 2019 by The Childhood Development Initiative Tallaght making it the fifth country to adopt Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Registered children receive a book a month addressed to them, at no cost to the family. The books are hand-selected by the UK and Ireland Imagination Library Book Selection Committee. Each title is chosen to meet the growing needs of the child at the pivotal stages of development.
Let’s Grow Together Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG (formerly Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme) a community-based prevention, promotion and early intervention programme on the northside of Cork city, is leading the Imagination Library’s introduction to Cork with support from the Cork Interagency Working Group and funding partners.
The Imagination Library Cork will put books into the hands and hearts of approximately 3,000 children. The Imagination Library is currently available in the following communities : Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill, Gurranabraher, Churchfield,Mahon, Carrigtwohill, Ashbourne House and Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre. It is hoped that in the future the Imagination Library can be expanded and grow into more areas. in Cork city and county and indeed throughout Ireland.
Any families with children aged from birth to the age of five living in these areas can register and a book will be delivered to their home every month, personally addressed to each eligible child, so the child can start building their own home library. It is completely free to families as local fundraising pays for the cost price of the books and An Post is sponsoring the delivery of the books this year.
Contact Grace Walsh on 086-8142233 to find out more, or to see if your child is eligible to register today!
Working Group Member Agencies (including funding contributors):
Let’s Grow Together! Infant & Childhood Partnerships CLG. (Cork Affiliate)
Cork Healthy Cities
HSE Speech and Language Therapy Cork North
Cork City Council
Cork City Partnership Clg.
Cork City Childcare
Cork Education and Training Board
Cork Learning Neighbourhoods
East Cork Traveller Project
Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre
HSE Community Work Department
HSE Public Health Nursing
Cork City Libraries
Wallaroo Playschool Ltd.
Sunday’s Well B.N.S.
Additional Funding Partners:
Rotary Club of Cork
City Northwest Quarter Regeneration
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Facebook Fundraiser December 2020
The Stocker Foundation
Cork Chamber of Commerce