Project Name: Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL)
Funding Amount Requested: $100,000.00
Response to Application Questions
1. Describe the agency/organization applying for this funding.
DCLF supports the mission of Douglas County Libraries, a countywide system that welcomes all, offers vibrant libraries, and provides resources, programs and services that elevate our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.
2. Describe the need for this funding. What is the problem/opportunity this program/project would address?
Offset funding for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. DPIL allows every child 0-5 to receive age-appropriate books monthly at home, for free, eliminating barriers and promoting lifelong literacy habits that translate into school and life success.
3. What are the goals of the project? How many Douglas County youth will be impacted and what specific impacts or benefits will they receive?
Enroll all DougCo youth 0-5, about 21,000 kids. Children who have books at home are likely to read more often and have higher literacy skills upon entering school, and they will share common ground with other children no matter their background.
4. How would this effort promote access to programs and activities for youth who are underserved in the Douglas County community?
DPIL specifically addresses every child, regardless of income or background. It is well-suited to connect with underserved youth in DC. Books arrive at kids’ homes for free, including bilingual titles, giving equal access and removing barriers.
5. How will the effort be promoted to Douglas County youth?
DPIL is promoted through our website, social media, eNewsletter, outreach events, Storytimes, at all library locations, and in gift bags provided to new parents at hospitals across the county. Promotion is active and seeing great success.
6. How will this project be sustainable and continue to support Douglas County youth after this one-time funding source? What are the plans for the program long term?
DCL is committed to offering DPIL through normal operating budget. The state of CO continues to support half the costs of the program and the DCL Foundation will seek corporate support, individual donations, and grants to help bridge funding gaps.