Friends of the Library encourages use of Imagination Library program

Aug 23, 2022

A Friends of the Wareham Free Library representative encouraged local residents to enroll their children in Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library” program during the Select Board’s Tuesday night meeting.

Friends President Priscilla Porter explained how the program works for parents of children from birth to age 5. The national program, which is locally sponsored by the Friends, allows residents to sign their kids up to receive one free children’s book a month, until that child turns 5.

“You only have to live in Wareham to be part of it at no cost to the families,” Porter said on Tuesday night, emphasizing the fact that the program is free for residents.

To support the program, anyone can donate $25 to the Friends, which covers the cost of the program for one child.

“It’s one of the finest things that the town does for kids” board chair Judith Whiteside said of the program.

Porter said interested families can sign up for the program by filling out an application and dropping it off at the library or mailing it to the Friends at P.O. Box 735 Wareham. Forms can be picked up at both the Wareham Free Library and its Spinney branch, at the town clerk’s office, the Onset Bay Association office and at Wareham Pediatrics, Porter said.