Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a free book gifting organization devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere.

On September 25, Myrna and Mike presented a cheque from the Optimist Club of Calgary to Sarah Birch, the Community Outreach Librarian at the Cochrane Public Library and Rose Reid with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

The library was thrilled to receive our funding – allowing them to create the program promoting literacy within the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. They invited the Cochrane Eagle newspaper and Cochrane NOW Radio to be at the presentation.

Forty-five Stoney Nakoda First Nation children have already signed-up for the program. Each month, enrolled children from birth to age five receive a high quality, age appropriate book free of charge. Each one is personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home. 

Book selection is made by a Committee through Penguin Random House – a specially selected panel of early childhood literacy experts that includes teachers, psychologists and other professionals. The Committee is responsible for reviewing hundreds of potential titles for inclusion in the program. All books are generic and age appropriate with content representative of Canadian readers.

Recent studies suggest participation in the program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.