Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

November 9, 2013

Imagination Library book program raises thousands

VALDOSTA — Two weeks ago, the Imagination Library asked the community for help. Valdosta and Lowndes County responded in a big way.

The Valdosta Daily Times published a direct appeal from the Imagination Library. Sponsored by Valdosta’s Rotary Clubs, the Imagination Library provides a book per month to registered children from birth to 5 years old. Since its inception a few years ago, it has served 514 South Georgia children.

It has always had enough funds to meet the needs of registered children until a couple of months ago. Parents tried enrolling 43 children but the area Imagination Library did not have enough money to pay for the youngsters’ books.

The Times has partnered with the program in the past, and Dr. Dennis Marks, the Imagination Library team leader, asked if The Times could help again.

Since a series of stories was published in the Sunday, Oct. 29, Life section, the community has donated $8,379 so far to the Imagination Library.

“That took care of the 43 children on the waiting list at the end of September, as well as another 21 children since then, and leaves us enough money in the bank to enroll 50 more children,” Marks said Friday. “The community outpouring of support has been wonderful.”

The additional funds will help the program register more children in the future. The Imagination Library is always receiving requests to register more youngsters, Marks said.

“Parents across the community recognize how important it is for their children to read. We work with a number of social agencies to enroll children, but the program is available for all children in the community under age 5.”

Marks said there are more than 8,000 children who are under 5 years old in Lowndes County. More donations mean more children can receive the Imagination Library books.

“Because of the generosity of the community, we can continue to register more children,” Marks said. “We are prudent in our use of the community’s donations and do not register children until we have the money in the bank to pay for the books through each child’s fifth birthday.”

The idea behind the project is that books in the home, books that belong to a child and the family, foster an increased love for reading at an early age for children, and involve the family in reading to the child.

“From the enthusiastic response of the parents and from reports of how well children who had received Imagination Library books before age 5 are now performing in school, we know that this program really makes a difference in our community,” Marks said. “All of these Imagination Library books go to children in Lowndes County, including Valdosta. This is an effective way for individuals and businesses in our community to help the children of our community learn to read. Children who learn to read early in life become avid learners in school, skillful workers on the job, and informed citizens in the community.

The Lowndes Imagination Library Team lists the following contributors.

Gold Scholars ($1,200–$2,999): Melanie Ford in memory of Erik Thomas Barr, Kilgard Instrument Repair, Giovanni Panizzi, Wild Adventures.

Silver Scholars ($600–$1199): Bush Investment Group.

Bronze Scholars ($120–$599): Carleen Abend, George & Joyce Aigen, Jennifer Beal-Alvarez, Clinton & Jeana Beeland, Mary Kay Corbitt, Jane Elza, Richard & Laura Feese, GO4, Richard & Benita Hall, Frank & Lynn Kilgard, Alvin Payton Jr., Randall & Norma Smith, St. John Council of Catholic Women, Southwest Georgia Bank, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Valdosta, Workforce Education Support Team.

Scholars ($24–$119): Bobby & Ann Dasher, Robert & Susan Raffaele, Lauren Sims, Ken & Barbara Stanley, Mr. & Mrs. George Vann.

Text Only
Local News
  • City: Most overflows stopped

    The City of Valdosta reported Wednesday evening that all manhole overflows resulting from Tuesday’s heavy rains had stopped, with the exception of two.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140416-gov_deal002.jpg Signed into law

    Gov. Nathan Deal went on a signing tour Wednesday across Georgia, flying into the Valdosta Regional Airport to sign three bills into law.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 2 charged in N.C. kidnapping

    Two more people were charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father, bringing the number to at least eight people who authorities say were involved in the elaborate plot.

    April 17, 2014

  • VSU opens spring senior art show Saturday

    Several graduating art seniors will present their show this weekend at Valdosta State University.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results