Preschoolers in area will benefit from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Thanks to three local grants, United Way of the Plains is expanding a free book program to Towanda and Leon for preschool children. The program, called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, has been available in Andover since 2011 and in Augusta since 2014. Now Towanda and Leon children under 5 years of age can receive free books once a month.
"We want every child to experience the joy of books even if their families cannot afford them," said Patrick J. Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains. "We know if children get exposed to reading early, they will learn more quickly and every aspect of their lives will benefit."
Parents or legal guardians who physically live in the Towanda (67144) or Leon (67074) ZIP codes can register their children online at
United Way of the Plains received the grants from the K.T Wiedemann Kids Funds, the Greater Butler County Community Impact Fund, and the Chelsea Gerbitz Community Memorial Fund--funded through the Central Kansas Community Foundation–Butler County.  United Way will use the funds for purchasing books and paying postage for their delivery to children in Towanda and Leon households, providing a year of program enrollment.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a national program started by Dolly Parton in 1998 to inspire children to learn to read. The program is supported locally by community partners and local enrollments depend on local donations. United Way of the Plains provides the program support in south central Kansas.