As your chapters begin planning spring semester events and fundraising activities, we encourage you to consider joining us in this year’s Student Leadership Service Project: The Imagination Library. The Imagination Library was launched in 1995 by Dolly Parton and fosters a love of reading among children by providing one book each month to a child from birth to the child’s fifth birthday.
Sigma Tau Delta Student Advisor Tim Leonard and Alison Schreckengast, President of Louisiana State’s Omega Zeta Chapter, recently had the opportunity to meet with Dolly Parton during a VIP event at her Baton Rouge, LA, concert. During their encounter Dolly indicated she is grateful there are organizations such as Sigma Tau Delta that share her concern for and interest in childhood literacy efforts. When Tim mentioned the number of chapters already involved in fundraising for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Dolly was nearly moved to tears and said, “Thank you for what you all are doing to help the children with Imagination Library. I look forward to hearing the results of your hard work. Love you all.”
In the wake of the November 28, 2016, fires that devastated Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, an open apology to Dolly written by Amy Rawe began circulating on the internet. The letter expressed Rawe’s early attitude toward Dolly—particularly regarding Dolly’s appearance and public persona—and her disdain for Dollywood: “Really, a theme park? … As if rollercoasters will really help the people of rural Appalachia. Why not create something truly useful to give back to your community, like a library.” Rawe next offers a stirring account of her own daughter’s experience receiving monthly books from the Imagination Library following their move to Knoxville, TN.
Fostering Literacy at the Chapter Level
This year Sigma Tau Delta has the opportunity to help the Imagination Library reach its goal. Join us as we aim to gift books to over 1 million children in need. Student Leadership challenges all chapters to sponsor ten children. That is only $250 to provide ten children with a year’s worth of books! Proceeds will be split among South Carolina, Arkansas, and Kentucky—three states greatly in need of our help—along with the company that produces books in Braille. Chapters may bring their fundraising money to the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention in Louisville, KY, or mail it to the Central Office by June 1. All money raised will be presented to the Imagination Library in a single check. Please do not send money directly to the Imagination Library.
Imagination Library Fundraiser Resources
- “Fostering Literacy: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library”
- How Your Chapter Can Get Involved
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
- Imagination Library Resources
- Fundraising Tips