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INCREASING LITERACY IN SOUTHERN VERMONT

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SHIRE KIDS 

Shire Kids is the local affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Southern Vermont. We currently serve the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Danby, Dorset, Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Manchester, Newfane, Peru, Pownal, Readsboro, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, South Londonderry, Stamford, Stratton, Sunderland, Townshend, Wardsboro, Weston, Windham, Winhall, and Woodford. Shire Kids believes reading begins at birth, the benefits of a home library go far beyond the books, and parents/guardians are a child’s first and best teacher. By providing books at no cost to families, the Imagination Library increases childhood literacy rates, fosters a love of books, and promotes a culture of reading among all families in the rural communities of Vermont.

BY THE NUMBERS

since inception 2019

421
five-year-olds have graduated from the Imagination Library

25,040
total books mailed

1,055
Southern Vermont children currently enrolled