Ontario library group spreads out book program to kids all over the county

Braxton, a child in Malheur County who participated in the program, sits surrounded by all the books he received through the Imagination Library. (Submitted photo)

ONTARIO – More Malheur County children will soon have access to free books, all thanks to Dolly Parton and a group of tenacious local agencies and volunteers. 

Kids throughout the county are now eligible for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, which provide books for children from birth until their fifth birthday. 

“We know that investing in the life of a child before the age of 5 is critical to their success in adulthood, especially in areas such as literacy,” said Kelly Poe, director of early learning for the Malheur Education Service District.  

Children registered for the program receive a free book in the mail every month. The program has existed . . .