2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Support Early Literacy by
Working with the Dolly
Parton Imagination Library
• DG Garry Browne, District 9675 – moderator
• Christy Crouse, Dolly Parton’s Imagination
Library Regional Director - Pane...
• Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
overview
• Imaginational Library Australia:
Dollywood Foundation, Rotary, and
United ...
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
Christy Crouse | Dolly Parton’s Imagination
Library: Promoting Social Change One Book at a
Time
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEA...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | History
• Developed in 1995 by
Dolly for her hometown of
Sevier County, Tennessee,
US...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Operations
• DWF partnerships promote literacy and serve children
• Children receive ...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Research Driven
• Reading aloud to
children has long lasting
positive impacts
• Corre...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Current Stats
• Over 56 million books
have been mailed since
1996
• 1,400 Imagination...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Partnership Support
Rotary and United Way
Support is Vital
Over 300 Rotary clubs and
...
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
“If books make kids feel special then kids will feel the
books are special” – Dolly Par...
Juliet Riseley | Imagination Library Australia: a
partnership between Rotary, United Way, and
The Dollywood Foundation
TAK...
Partnership Formation
“‘Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on
till you come to the end: then stop’"
Partnership Precedent
"Every adventure requires a first step. Trite but true, even
here"
Greater Impact through Partnership
“‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this
morning,' said Alice a little ti...
Components for Successful Partnership Expansion
“Alice – ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go
from here?’
‘...
Program Impact
Measureable and proven program impact
Jenny Riley | Imagination Library Australia:
Impact and Expansion
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
Imagination Library Australia | Launch
Leading the way to a more literate and successful Australia
July 2014 – June 2014
3...
Imagination Library Australia | 5 Year Goal
July 2014 – June 2019
30 clubs
40 communities
5 years
20,000 children
100,000 ...
Imagination Library Australia | Pioneers
Rotary District 9810
• Rotary Club of Noble Park (July 2013) – 100 children, 784
...
Imagination Library Australia | Club support
• Advocacy: sign up days, reading mornings
• Publicity: media attention about...
Imagination Library Australia | Implementation
• Clubs “sign up” to run a local Imagination Library
• Raise 3 months worth...
Imagination Library Australia | Implementation, continued
United Way Australia/The Dollywood Foundation’s roles
• Informat...
Expanding and replicating the Imagination Library program
How can you help?
Take up the challenge to CHAMPION an Imaginati...
Questions?
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Booth in the
Billabong House of Friendship Booth 116
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN ...
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Three speakers representing a local Rotary club, United
Way Australia, and The Dollywood Foundation present
a practical overview of how Rotarians, their clubs, and
their networks have been instrumental in the launch
of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Australia.
Learn how they’ve collaborated to make the Imagination
Library a reality in their community, working to inspire
a love for reading and learning in children from an
early age.

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  • GARRY BROWNE introduces self and breakout session
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  • GARRY BROWNE INTRODUCES CHRISTY CROUSE

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  • Thank you all for joining us today. Find more information about how you can start or support the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in your local community by visiting us at Booth 116 in the Billabong House of Friendship.
  • Support Early Literacy With the Imagination Library

    1. 1. 2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Support Early Literacy by Working with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
    2. 2. • DG Garry Browne, District 9675 – moderator • Christy Crouse, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Regional Director - Panelist • PDG Juliet Riseley, District 9810 – Panelist • Jenny Riley, Head of Community Impact at United Way Australia - Panelist Presenters
    3. 3. • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library overview • Imaginational Library Australia: Dollywood Foundation, Rotary, and United Way partnership • Partnership in Action: program expansion and replication in your local community • Questions Agenda
    4. 4. TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
    5. 5. Christy Crouse | Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Promoting Social Change One Book at a Time TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
    6. 6. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | History • Developed in 1995 by Dolly for her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee, USA • Inspires a love of reading • Guarantees all children will have quality books in the home • A program about inspiration and imagination Tribute to her father A way to give back to her hometown of Sevier County, TN Imagination Library
    7. 7. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Operations • DWF partnerships promote literacy and serve children • Children receive a free monthly book from birth to age 5 • Books are delivered by postal mail, personally addressed to children • Books are age appropriate and customized for the program
    8. 8. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Research Driven • Reading aloud to children has long lasting positive impacts • Correlation between reading to preschoolers and language development, high school readiness, family bonding, and community bonding
    9. 9. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Current Stats • Over 56 million books have been mailed since 1996 • 1,400 Imagination Library programs operate in four countries • 720,000 children receive an Imagination Library book each month
    10. 10. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Partnership Support Rotary and United Way Support is Vital Over 300 Rotary clubs and United Way agencies chamption the Imagination Library in four countires Partners’ Primary Support: • Financial • Participant Database • Early Education Advocacy and Strategy • Registration
    11. 11. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library “If books make kids feel special then kids will feel the books are special” – Dolly Parton
    12. 12. Juliet Riseley | Imagination Library Australia: a partnership between Rotary, United Way, and The Dollywood Foundation TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
    13. 13. Partnership Formation “‘Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop’"
    14. 14. Partnership Precedent "Every adventure requires a first step. Trite but true, even here"
    15. 15. Greater Impact through Partnership “‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,' said Alice a little timidly: 'but it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then’"
    16. 16. Components for Successful Partnership Expansion “Alice – ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.”
    17. 17. Program Impact Measureable and proven program impact
    18. 18. Jenny Riley | Imagination Library Australia: Impact and Expansion TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
    19. 19. Imagination Library Australia | Launch Leading the way to a more literate and successful Australia July 2014 – June 2014 3 clubs 4 communities 12 months 220 children 2000 books
    20. 20. Imagination Library Australia | 5 Year Goal July 2014 – June 2019 30 clubs 40 communities 5 years 20,000 children 100,000 books
    21. 21. Imagination Library Australia | Pioneers Rotary District 9810 • Rotary Club of Noble Park (July 2013) – 100 children, 784 books • Rotary Club of Healesville (Dec 2013) – 21 children, 38 books Rotary District 9670 • Rotary Club of Corrimal (Feb 2014) – 67 children, 107 books
    22. 22. Imagination Library Australia | Club support • Advocacy: sign up days, reading mornings • Publicity: media attention about the program and importance of books and reading to young children • Fund raising: Lord Mayor’s Trust $5k in Noble Park • Partnerships: connected local partners (ie: Paint the Gong REaD) • Mobilisation: Mobilised community, business, and local government around early education and literacy in Australia
    23. 23. Imagination Library Australia | Implementation • Clubs “sign up” to run a local Imagination Library • Raise 3 months worth of funds to cover books (ie: $1,800) • Print sign up forms for participants to register for the program • Sign up children and parents!
    24. 24. Imagination Library Australia | Implementation, continued United Way Australia/The Dollywood Foundation’s roles • Information Packs (pick one up today!) • Getting Started Packs • Fundraising Pack • Sign up Forms • Promotional material • Book Ordering Training • Access to a vast network across Australia: Facebook, phone hook up, annual meetings • Ongoing support from a dedicated Dolly Parton Imagination Library Coordinator
    25. 25. Expanding and replicating the Imagination Library program How can you help? Take up the challenge to CHAMPION an Imagination Library in your community: • Lead the way to literacy • Use your local knowledge and networks • Get people involved in the program • Improve your community
    26. 26. Questions? TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
    27. 27. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Booth in the Billabong House of Friendship Booth 116 TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS

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