Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program supported by many local organizations like United Way of Lewis County, Twin Cities Rotary Club, Centralia Rotary Club, Chehalis Rotary Club, United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties, as well as statewide organizations like the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and partner Jakob McGhie is past president of the Twin Cities Rotary, an organization that helped start the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in SW Washington. The family of our Attorney and Partner Peter Abbarno has been participating in the program for many years and have promoted the Imagination Library throughout the community.
The mission of the Imagination Library of Washington is to increase literacy by ensuring all young children across the state have the opportunity to receive free monthly books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Their statewide goal is to provide support to local program affiliates and launch new affiliates so every child from birth to five in Washington has access to this valuable and foundational early literacy program.
A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, (Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP partner and attorney) and Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, that recognizes the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as a statewide Washington program is on its way to the governor after passing the Senate on Tuesday, March 1.
The program, named after country singer Dolly Parton, began in 1995 to inspire a love of reading and provide free books to children ages birth to five-years old. The gifting program mails quality, age-appropriate books to children’s homes at no cost to families. House Bill 2068 would expand the early reading program throughout Washington state. The measure would require the state to select a qualified nonprofit organization to operate the program.
“This is a really great program to encourage children to read and learn more about the world around them. I have been reading to my children since they were very young. It’s a wonderful experience for a parent to have with their children. This program opens an entire new resource of books to these families so they can create closer bonds through reading,” said Abbarno.
Abbarno, who has two elementary school-aged children participated in the Imagination Library with his children and supported local Rotary clubs and the United Way of Lewis County when the program was officially brought to Lewis County.
Learn more and sign up for the Imagination Library Program by visiting Imagination Library of Washington (imaginationlibrarywashington.org)