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Ballarat Imagination Library
When you help a child TO READ you help a child TO DREAM
United Way Ballarat’s BALLARAT READS program has brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Ballarat.
The idea is simple: mail EVERY CHILD in Ballarat, EVERY MONTH, an age appropriate BOOK especially chosen for their age and developmental stage, for the first FIVE YEARS of their life so that when they get to school, books are already a part of their life.
The research is clear; children who have books around them before they get to school will SUCCEED. Children who have no books, without the love of reading, start the race behind and they NEVER catch up…
The program is FREE for parents or guardians to enrol ANY child, regardless of income living in the 3350, 3351, 3352, 3355, 3356, 3357 post codes.
The money to pay for the books and postage is raised by the COMMUNITY through United Way Ballarat and it costs just $84 per child per year. That’s only $7 a month to put a quality book into the hands of a child here in our community
So help us to make Ballarat a READING city, where the LOVE OF READING leads to learning which leads to SUCCESS FOR OUR CHILDREN, for OUR CITY and for OUR FUTURE.
How it works
United Way Ballarat’s Ballarat Reads program, in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Penguin Books and local community partners, will deliver high-quality books to homes each month for kids aged birth to 5yrs. In addition, it will provide support and resources to families as well as community events to make reading fun and engaging for children!
Enrolling your child is easy! Simply click here
After enrolling, you will receive an e-mail (or SMS) confirming our receipt of your child’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book-a-month program registration and providing information regarding the enrolment activation status.
Your child’s Imagination Library books will begin arriving in your home six to eight weeks after your enrolment has been activated, and will continue every month until your child turns five.
With the arrival of the first book, your child will experience the joy of finding his/her very own book in the mailbox – and spending quality time reading with you and other family members. The last Imagination Library book will be mailed to your child during the month he or she turns five.
Just imagine: If you enrol when your child is first born, by age five your child will have received 60 Imagination Library books!
This program is a FREE GIFT to your child and you will NEVER receive a bill for the books. All that’s expected is that you will read to your child every day – anywhere anytime to support your child’s early literacy and language development in readiness for school. Funding to provide the free books comes from grants, sponsorship, and private donations. If you know of a business, organisation, or individual who would like to donate funds to support this gift to children in your area, please let them know that they may do so by visiting our “Get Involved” page on this website.
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