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. At the Oregon City Library Children's Help Desk, pick up and complete a printed DPIL brochure.
2. Leave the brochure in the Application box or mail it to the OC Library Foundation.
PO Box 1791, Oregon City, OR 97045
3. A DPIL volunteer will process your application, and once accepted your child will begin to receive books to your home within approximately 8 - 10 weeks, depending on submission date.
Option 2 - During COVID-19
2. Complete your registration online HERE.
At this time the Oregon City Public Library is closed. The only way to sign up your child is online through the DPIL website. Shipping of all books may be delayed.
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 June 2020
- Your child is under 5 years old, AND your child was born in or after December 2015.
Due to processing time, we do not encourage applications for birth dates earlier than December 2015. This is due to the fact that after processing time that the child will only receive one welcome book the first month, and a graduation book in the second 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!