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Sep 19

Friday Focus- Imagination Library

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM by The Mayors Office

 Imagination Library of Saline County is doing important work trying to improve literacy of children age birth to five through the provision of high quality, developmentally appropriate books in the home. Children in the program receive one book per month that is delivered to their house and addressed to them. On average, low income families have one book for every 300 children.

With Imagination Library, every child can have up to 60 books by their fifth birthday!   In Saline County Imagination Library is currently serving 718 kids and over 565 have graduated from the program.  That is an amazing number of families that have been impacted by this one organization.

It only costs $30.00 to provide a years worth of books for one child, but right now there is a waiting list due to limited funds.  If you are interested in finding out more about ILSC or to see how you can help, please email them at  Please note the three following annual events that sustain this program for our communities children and consider getting involved.

- The Annual MYAC Bike-A-Thon held every September  

Just this past month, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council of Saline County sponsored a Bike-A-Thon and proceeds from the race benefited ILSC. Click here for race more information and pictures from previous races. Mayor Dabbs along with 75 other cyclist supported the race not only by donating but also by riding the 50 miles.  

- The Dolly Tour challenge

A social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of reading to children and to recognize those that contribute to the success of this program in order to grow it large enough that every child five and under in Saline County is a beneficiary.  

- November 15 ILSC Reindeer Run

In November, ILSC will be hosting a 5k to raise funds for the organization. Race registration and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon.

Just another example of Bryant residents making a big difference!