Proceeds to Imagination Library
Help us fund free monthly books to over 1,000 North Coast Kids!
Mendocino, CA— This holiday season, don’t buy a gift, instead share a holiday dinner and give books to kids at the same time. Dine at the MacCallum House Restaurant on Wednesday, December 10th and dinner proceeds will go towards placing brand new books in the hands of local children.
There are over 475 North Coast children enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a free program offered to all Mendocino County children who receive by mail a colorful, sturdy, brand-new, age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday!
“This special program allows young children access to a growing library at home,” says Laura Welter, Executive Director of Fort Bragg’s Safe Passage Family Resource Center.
FIRST 5 Mendocino launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library free book program in April 2009 to promote reading at home with children birth to age five. Since then the program has mailed 136,671 books to children in Mendocino County at no cost to the families.
“We hope to enroll all 1,000 eligible children living in the North Coast region. A fun and delicious way to support The Imagination Library is to dine at the MacCallum House Restaurant on the evening of Wednesday, December 10th and proceeds will start children on their lifelong love for books,” says Lucresha Renteria, Chair of the FIRST 5 Mendocino Commission. Reservations are recommended at the MacCallum House Restaurant and can be made by calling (707)937-0289.
Families can sign their children up for the Imagination Library and learn more about FIRST 5 Mendocino programs and services by visiting www.mendochildren.org and clicking on Imagination Library.
Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically in the first five years and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life. Based on this research, California voters passed Proposition 10 in 1998, adding a 50 cents-per-pack tax on cigarettes to support programs for expectant parents and children ages 0 to 5.