The Oregon City Library Foundation is proud to announce our support of the Oregon City Library's strategic vision to "Create Young Readers." To assist with the achievement of this goal the Foundation is the local champion of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) chapter serving the Oregon City area.
Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library in 1995 and began giving books to children in her home town of Sevierville, Tennessee as a tribute to her father, who was illiterate. She knew that when children are read to at home, they are more prepared for kindergarten and ultimately, they are more successful in school. Research shows when raising a child in a home filled with books positively impacts their future academic growth and job attainment.
The Dollywood Foundation has teamed up with Penguin Books to offer communities a low cost way to get books into the homes of preschool children. You can learn more about the program at www.imaginationlibrary.com.
Now, more than 1,300 communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are affiliated with DPIL. Oregon City is one of those communities beginning in October, 2019.
The books are provided free of charge, to any child living in the Oregon City Public Library service area, thanks to the Oregon City Library Foundation and our generous partners and donors.
HOW TO ENROLL
1. Complete your registration online here.
2. Download the Imagination Library Family Application here, print, complete, scan and email the completed application to our volunteer coordinator here.
HOW IT WORKS
Once enrolled, the child will receive one free, high quality, age appropriate book delivered to your home once a month, until the child turns 5 years of age! The month your child turns 5, they will receive a final "graduation" book.
ELIGIBILITY - Updated for February 2021
- Your child is under 5 years old.
Due to processing time, we do not encourage applications for children that are older than 4 years and 8 months old. If Applying in February 2021 - the child ideally is born after June 2016.
We understand that after two months estimated processing time the child will likely only receive one welcome book in the third month, and a graduation book in the fourth month, the same month when the child turns 5.
You live in the Oregon City Library Service Area
The DPIL Volunteer will use your address to determine if you live in the Oregon City Library service area. If you do not live in the Oregon City Library service area, click here to visit the Imagination Library website to locate your local chapter.
Note for Families with Multiple Children
Different book selections are sent throughout the month. Each age category is sent a different book. Example: Your first child (age 2) is sent "Book A" and your second child (age 4) is sent "Book B." Book A may arrive on the 6th of the month and Book B may arrive on the 15th of the month, so you may want to explain to your children in advance that books arrive at different times throughout the month.
Please click here to email our DPIL volunteer.
This program is free to all who enroll.
As a community member, if you want to make a donation to the Oregon City Library Foundation to support the Oregon City DPIL chapter, click here to reach our Donation page, and be sure to write "DPIL donation" in the "Write a Note - Optional" box. Thank you!