Do you have young children in your life? Looking for something to do with little ones at home or on the go? Introduce yourself and them to the Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar for fun early learning experiences anytime, anywhere, every day.
Visit DayByDayOH.org – a website for young children and their families, featuring a song, a video, activities, and book recommendations for every day of the year! DayByDayOH, a service of the State Library of Ohio in collaboration with Ohio Ready to Read, also includes literacy and health information and an Ohio public library locator map.
Explore information so that families, schools, and communities can more successfully work together to launch student success. Each grade level has resources on a variety of topics to help support you in your role as a parent or caregiver for children.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers this great resource for finding child care. Locate the type of early care and education program that meets your needs. You also can learn more about programs' licensing status, Step Up To Quality rating, and inspection results.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio, originally created in 1995 by renowned entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton to serve children in Sevier County, Tennessee—sends a new book every month to Ohio children from birth to age five. This program works to ensure that every child enters kindergarten ready to succeed. Each month, each child enrolled in the program gets a high quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, addressed to the child, for free.
Requirements to Enroll:
- Child or caregiver is a resident of Morrow County
- Address must be able to receive mail
- Child is under the age of 5
It really is that simple!
Three ways to sign up:
- Click here to sign up online today,
- Download the paper application, found at the bottom of this page, fill it out, and mail it in, or
- Stop by the library, grab a paper application, fill it out, and mail it in
HEARTBEAT OF MORROW COUNTY
Attn: DP Imagination Library
PO BOX 255
MOUNT GILEAD OH 43338
Once your child is signed up, it will take about 8-10 weeks for their first book to arrive. Every child receives "The Little Engine that Could" for their first book. After that, books will be geared toward their age and change with them as they grow. Once a child turns 5 years old, they'll receive their final book the month of their birthday, "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!"
If you move before your child finishes the program, simply update your address through the Ohio Imagination Library website. This will ensure they continue to receive their monthly book, no matter where they are.
If your child is blind, check out the Braille Tails Print/Book program, a collaboration between the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the American Printing House for the Blind.