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posted: 6/12/2014 8:28 PM

June 14 declared Dolly Parton Imagination Library Day in Kane County

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  • Kane County Board member Kurt Kojzarek reads an Imagination Library book to his son, Robbie.

    Kane County Board member Kurt Kojzarek reads an Imagination Library book to his son, Robbie.
    Courtesy of United Way of Elgin

United Way of Elgin

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the United Way of Elgin's Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Kane County and the City of Elgin have each declared Saturday, June 14 at "Dolly Parton Imagination Library Day."

The resolution was read at the Kane County Board meeting on June 10.

"This program is strategically addressing the future of education in Kane County," said Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board Chair, "which is such an important mission."

The resolution was presented to United Way staff by the six county board members who represent their service area: Deb Allen, Christina Castro, Mike Kenyon, Kurt Kojzarek, Doug Scheflow, and T.R. Smith.

Elgin City Manager Sean Stegall, whose daughter Emma graduated out of the Imagination Library in 2012, believes this program is truly a game-changer for families.

"As the father of a second-grader, I know the importance of reading to our children. A program like this that provides books to children who otherwise would not have access to them is vital to their education and the health of the community."

A celebration event is planned for June 14 at the Gail Borden Public Library featuring "Storytime with the Mayor" at 10:30 a.m. with a family concert by performer Jim Gill following at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public.

For more information about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, please call Elissa Kojzarek at United Way of Elgin, (847) 741-2259. The program is open to all children ages birth to age 5 who live in the Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire, Burlington, and Pingree Grove.

About United Way of Elgin

Founded in 1923, the United Way of Elgin brings together people from business, government, health and human services to address our community's needs. Money raised through the United Way of Elgin campaign stays in our community funding programs and services in Elgin, South Elgin, Burlington, Pingree Grove and Hampshire. United Way of Elgin is the leader in a process that reinforces community stability while moving forward to create lasting change.

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