Grants Pass Rotary Foundation receives grant to give books to children

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library continues for children in Josephine County

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has awarded the Grants Pass Rotary Foundation a yearly $20,000 for the next three years to support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) in partnership with Josephine Community Library.

In May 2018, the four Rotary clubs in Josephine County teamed up with Josephine Community Library and Josephine County Library Foundation to bring the DPIL to families in our community. DPIL is a book gifting program that mails free books to children every month from birth to age five in participating communities. Through this program, every child under the age of five in Josephine County is qualified to receive a book by mail, at no cost to their families, every month until their fifth birthday.

To date, about 1,600 children in Josephine County have registered and almost 7,500 books have been mailed through the program.

To register a child for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and for more information, email info@josephinelibrary.org, or call 541-476-0571.

The following funders have contributed to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library grant through OCF: Toll & Wagner Charitable Fund, Olsrud Family Fund, Robert H. and Barbara S. Bean Fund, and the John S. and Frances W. Winslow Fund.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awarded more than $118 million in grants and scholarships in 2017.