Celebrations for anniversary of Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme

24/05/2018, PR8806

​A book gifting scheme for babies has celebrated its first anniversary with a special event at Airedale Library.

Cllr Pat Garbutt with Nicola and Daisy Rice

​Dozens of mums, babies and toddlers gathered for reading, singing, playing and dancing to mark 12 months since The Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme arrived in the Airedale and Ferry Fryston community.

Babies born after the 1 September 2016 can be signed up to receive an age appropriate book each month, by post, right up until the child's fifth birthday. The scheme is free and is provided in partnership with Wakefield Council and Spectrum Community Health CIC.

 More than 100 babies in the community are now members of the scheme and there is still time to sign up.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "We're delighted to have reached this one year landmark of the Imagination Library in Airedale and Ferry Fryston.

"Babies love books and it's never too soon to start reading. Reading with children from a young age builds listening, language and memory skills in a fun way, helping children get ready for school. It is also a great way to entertain and sooth younger children."

Linda Harris, Chief Executive of Spectrum, said: "We're incredibly proud to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a fantastic scheme which encourages young children to enjoy reading and immerse themselves in a world of colourful characters completely free of charge.

"The response we have received from families in Airedale and Ferry Fryston has been very positive in our first year and we are hoping to build on this success as the scheme continues."

Parents of eligible children can find out more at www.spectrumhealth.org.uk/campaigns/dolly-parton-imagination-library/ call 01924 311400 or visit Airedale Library. The scheme is currently only available for those living in the Airedale and Ferry Fryston ward.

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