Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
~Frederick Douglass

Friday, February 8, First Federal Bank participated in a dress down day to help raise funds for the Lenawee Imagination Library, a program of the Lenawee Community Foundation. Thanks to their generous employees who paid up to dress down, children in Lenawee County are reading more! 43 First Federal employees donated funds to purchase 86 books for Lenawee’s children through the Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library delivers a new, age-appropriate book each month to registered children between the ages of birth and 5 years, who live in Lenawee County. The books are mailed directly to each child at his/her home from Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, where childhood literacy experts select the books, and a partnership with their printer greatly reduces the cost to the Lenawee Community Foundation.

The children get to keep the books, so a child registered at birth can accumulate a collection up to 60 books of their very own. Currently around 1,400 children in Lenawee County receive books each month. Titles include The Little Engine that Could, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Violet the Pilot, All of Baby Nose to Toes, and more.

Registration forms are available at all libraries in Lenawee County.

For information about sponsoring or registering a child, or to inquire how you can support the Lenawee Imagination Library with a financial gift please contact Lenawee Community Foundation at (517) 423-1729, contact Cynthia Heady, or visit www.lenaweecf.com.

Cynthia Heady is the Project Coordinator, Lenawee Community Foundation.

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