Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Wed 1st April 2015 - Thu 30th April 2015

Rotary Club of Cleethorpes programmes with the Imagination Library

Rotary Club of Cleethorpes programmes with the Imagination Library

1. Started in March 2014, the first programme was with a local nursery. We applied for and received a Global Grant from Rotary International, where the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an official Partner. (Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library for literacy)

      At the moment 140 children receive book every month.


Rotary Club of Cleethorpes programmes with local Primary Schools

1. Bursar Academy

The Rotary Club of Cleethorpes has strong links with this school, through a RotaKids club which we started.  (RotaKids is a club for 7-12 year olds where they enjoy working on fun activities that will benefit the school and local community.)  The Imagination Library programme needed no money from us as the programme is funded with the Pupils Premium. It was started with 30 children. 


2. St. Peter’s Nursery.

These children range in age from 1 to 4.  Started in 2015, 25 children are registered on this programme, and it is funded by the Rotary Club.


3.  Thrunscoe Academy

Another school that our club has close links with, the Imagination Library was started in October 2015.  Currently 30 children are receiving books every month. This is funded jointly by Pupils Premium and the Rotary Club’


4. Dolly Parton is an Honorary Member of our club since December 2014

American music legend Dolly Parton has just become an honorary member of

The Rotary Club of Cleethorpes after its involvement with her worldwide book project. Her “Imagination Library” has boosted literacy to the under-fives by giving free books. (Article in the Times)

In August, 968,856 books were sent to children around the world. That brings the total number of books mailed to 81,447,627! See a full list of books and mailing dates here -


The next programme

5.  St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Cleethorpes

This programme was started in November 2016.  It will be funded by our Rotary Club.

6. Queen Mary Avenue Infant and Nursery School

This programme will be launched in after the summer holidays

128 children are eligible for Imagination Library Books.

Queen Mary Avenue Infant School is a community school located in Cleethorpes, England where 337 pupils ranging from 3-7 years of age attend..

7, St.Joseph, s Nursey School

This program will start in May 2017, 26 children will receive free books


8. We supported the project in Immingham.

After the success of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at the Little Stars Day Nursery at Grimsby Institute and St Peter's Children's Centre in Cleethorpes, the project has now arrived in Immingham.

Funded by One Voice, the scheme allows children to have free books from birth to the age of five.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has made its way to Immingham's Children Centre.

The move will allow children from Immingham, Habrough and Stallingborough to receive a free book each month.

Quotes from some parents:

Reading is so important for children especially of this age. I always read

to my son every night at bedtime and his new favourite book is 'Peter

Rabbit. I look forward to receiving our next book in the post."

"We love the scheme Aiybha loved the Peter Rabbit books and we can't wait

to see what we get next. Thank you."

"Super scheme, my son really enjoyed his first book.

Our primary goal is: To enhance families’ home literacy environment to promote more parent/family involvement in early literacy. It is our hope to provide a rich literacy environment for young children and to foster meaningful and nurturing parent-child interactions that result from reading together.

Our secondary goal is: To foster relationships between families with young children and their future schools to facilitate children’s transition.

PDG Rolf Sperr

Cleethorpes Rotary Club

Please read the DPIL Year 2016