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Anne Leier, Rugby

Something we often hear at home from children… “Can we check the mail?” » or “Do you want to read me? As adults’ mail often consists of bills or things we don’t need, but for young children mail is fun when it comes for them. Our children’s love of mail and reading may have started at an early age when they received a new book each month, with their name on it, from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. As soon as we brought it into the house, we had to read and re-read their new book. Every book we received was age appropriate as they grew and a staple favorite on their shelf. All of our kids love books and reading, which is so fun to watch as a parent.

As an educator myself, the love of being read at a young age has enormous value as they teach themselves to read and give a child an extended amount of vocabulary. In March, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rugby’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which has sent over 13,400 educational and child-loving books since its inception to local children.

I am so grateful that this program was introduced to rugby and that we were able to fill our children’s bookshelves with beautiful books from toddlerhood through kindergarten age. If you would like more information about the program or to register your child(ren), visit: or contact Suzie Schmaltz at 776-6023.

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