GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. On Saturday members of The Imagination Library celebrated a huge milestone in childhood reading. They gave away their 50,000th book.
The Imagination Library program was started by Dolly Parton in 1996.
The Grand Junction branch opened its doors in 2008, and according to Lindsay Keller the Director for the Grand Junction branch, they are now able to distribute books to kids in 6 zip codes throughout the City of Grand Junction to help promote the importance of reading.
“43% of students in School District 51 qualify for free or reduced lunch and 61% of low income households have no books in their households," said Keller.
The books are sent out each month free of charge to any child 5 and under that are signed up for the program and that live within these 6 zip codes; 81501, 81503, 81504, 81505, 81506, or 81507.
All of the money the organization raises goes back to purchasing books to hand out.
Kids celebrated the milestone event with a party on Saturday at the Mesa County Library’s main branch where one child received a copy of the 50,000th book called Llama Llama Red Pajama.
Kids also made llama hats and received cookies and a balloon.
If you are interested in signing your child up visit www.gjimaginationlibrary.org.