TROY — Reading to children is not just a good way to bond with them, it’s a critical factor in improving their literacy levels.
In support of the importance of reading, the Troy Rotary Foundation provided a $1,500 grant to the Troy-Miami County Library to help fund the Miami County Imagination Library program this year. The program allows children ages birth to 5 years old to register to receive a new book every month that they can enjoy with their families and help foster a lifelong love of reading. In the Miami County area, more than 3,000 children are enrolled in the program, with more than 1,100 in Troy.
“The books are selected by a panel of educators each year,” shared Rachelle Miller, executive director of the Troy-Miami County Library. “The quality of the books has helped make this program so successful for children in the community,” she added.
It costs the Troy-Miami County Library $25 a year to send books to each child enrolled in the program. This grant will help provide 720 hardcover books to children in Troy. Miller also noted that, at the local level, 98 percent of parents surveyed said their children are more interested in reading and 96 percent say their child is more prepared for school as a result of the local Imagination Library program.
The support of this program is at a global level, too. Rotary International has a partnership with The Dollywood Foundation’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Through this arrangement, children receive age and culturally-appropriate reading materials to help establish a strong educational foundation early in life. The Imagination Library was launched in 1996 and now sends books to more than 675,000 children every month. Much like Rotary International, the Imagination Library is available in more than 1,700 communities in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. To learn more about the Imagination Library, and to get a child registered, visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/. To learn more about programs available through the Troy-Miami County Library, visit troypubliclibrary.org.
Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom, scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, visit www.troyohiorotary.org.