Ready. Set. READ!

Can you imagine a house without books? For many children in Edmonton this is their reality. The Edmonton Public Library provides amazing spaces, resources and classes that support early literacy, but many families still face barriers that impact their ability to fully use everything the library makes available. The global pandemic has made access even more challenging.

Ready. Set. READ! is a new EPL initiative in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It will deliver new books to children every month from birth to age five. These books are theirs to keep forever — for many children, this will be the first book they have ever owned. Support Ready. Set. READ! by attending our Forward Thinking Speaker Series events.

Free Books to Families in the Community

A child’s love of reading starts at home. Parents are their children’s first teacher. Research shows programs that place books in children’s homes are an effective tool in supporting early literacy.

The first five years of a child's life form the foundation for their development and learning, which impacts a child’s academic, economic and social success. Every experience matters, shaping their brain and capacity and attitude toward learning.

Ready. Set. READ! will be delivered in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, opens a new window, a successful book-gifting program that provides children one book a month from birth to five years old.

The Afonso family sit on a couch while reading a book to their baby
Early childhood education is the best investment society can make. (J.J. Heckman)

How the Program Works

Ready. Set. READ! supports families in building strong foundations of literacy and learning that will deepen their relationship with reading and the Library.

Every month, we send one age-appropriate book to your family’s house by mail. Each book is personalized with your child’s name and is selected by experts to meet your child’s development needs.

Baby Fern plays with a board book while being read to

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Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.
Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.

EPL and Dolly Parton Partnership

Ready. Set. READ! is delivered in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Canada is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Operating since 1995, it currently distributes over 1 million books each month to children around the world. To learn more visit the Imagination Library.

Ways to Give

Online

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By Mail

Fund Development
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square NW
Edmonton AB T5J 2V4
Printable Donation Form

By Phone

587-588-9034

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Ready. Set. READ! is a new EPL initiative in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It will deliver new books to children to keep forever — for many children, this will be the first book they have ever owned.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that puts books into the hands of children across the world. They partner with local communities to provide a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five.

  • Research shows that greatest impact of book giving programs is to families who don’t already have many books in the home: the fewer books in the home, the more impactful the program. We’re currently in the fundraising stage and are finalizing the specific eligibility requirements

  • EPL will work with local community agencies and organizations to identify, support and build relationships with families who face significant barriers to accessing the Library and who are in need of early literacy tools the most.

  • We're currently in the fundraising phase of the program. We'll be launching the program in 2022 starting with certain Edmonton neighbourhoods who meet the specific eligibility criteria.

     

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