Ohio Governor's Imagination Library

CRESTLINE -- The Crestline Public Library has teamed up with the Bucyrus Public Library and the Crawford Partnership to join the Crawford County chapter of the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) program.

This program will enable children to receive a free, new book every month in the mail, until the age of 5.

Crawford County families can visit www.OhioImaginationLibrary.org/enroll to register their children, or stop in the Crestline Public Library for a paper form. In 8 to 12 weeks, families can expect to receive their first book, “The Little Engine That Could,” in the mail, at no cost. When the child turns 5, they will receive their final book, “Lookout Kindergarten, Here I Come!” and officially become an Imagination Library graduate.

The OGIL was inspired by First Lady Fran DeWine’s passion to improve the lives of Ohio’s children. DeWine learned of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through the participation of her grandchildren.

In July 2019, the Ohio legislature included $5 million over the course of the next two years to jump start the OGIL, which is now working with existing affiliates and new partners to bring Dolly’s Imagination Library to each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Barb Scott, of the Bucyrus Public Library, serves as the Crawford OGIL administrator. Crawford’s OGIL program is made possible through the generosity and support of Avita Health Foundation, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, United Way of Crawford County, and the Crawford Partnership. They have collectively pledged over $20,000, over the next five years. These funds will be matched by the OGIL, totaling more than $40,000 to impact the community.

For those interested in donating to the program, $25 is enough to fund one child for an entire year’s worth of books. Individuals or businesses that want to support Crawford County’s Imagination Library should visit: www.crawfordpartnership.org/OGIL or visit https://ohioimaginationlibrary.org/donate

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