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Residence Life supports Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Hardin County received $5,000 on Oct. 8, thanks to the efforts of ONU’s Office of Residence Life.

The donation will provide books for 177 Hardin County children for one full year.  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library supports 572 children in Hardin County, providing a book every month to them at no charge from birth until they enter kindergarten.

Justin Courtney, director of residence life and interim director of career services, serves on the Imagination Library Board for Hardin County, which consists of all county libraries, the YMCA and Rotary, and obtained the opportunity for the Office of Residence Life at ONU to become an official sponsor since 2010.  

As an official sponsor, the Office of Residence Life and ONU is recognized on the local organization’s letterhead, press releases and printed materials.  

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library began in 1996 and is now an international program providing age-appropriate books to preschool children. The program mails a brand new, age appropriate book each month to children under 5 enrolled in the program.

Participating communities make the program accessible to all preschool children in their area. The community pays for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers the children, and enters the information into the database.

Dolly Patron’s Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home.