Reading regularly with children during the preschool years is the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. There may be many reasons why parents don’t read to their children, but WMF is helping to eliminate one of them – a lack of books in the home. In the fall of 2007, the Wells Mountain Foundation, in affiliation with Addison County Readers supported the launch of the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library program in Addison County, Vermont. Any child from birth to age five living in Addison County is eligible to be registered in the program. Each month, an age appropriate book is mailed to the child’s home until he or she turns five. There is no cost to the parent for registration or for the books. All the expenses of the program are paid for via donations from civic organizations and non-profit foundations, like WMF. There are over 1400 children under five living in Addison County. Currently, approximately 900 children receive books monthly. This program is a wonderful way to increase literacy skills and create life-long readers.
The Book Angel program began in 2003 at Deerleap Books in Bristol, Vermont. Each year we receive hundreds of children’s names from Addison County, Vermont social service agencies. WMF orders a large quantity of books based on the interests of the children whose names were submitted. A team of volunteers helps us select and wrap the books. The agencies deliver the books to the children.
We give books…
To support literacy, we donate books (at cost or free) to numerous organizations that work with children and young adults. These recipients include the YMCA in Haiti, Addison County Back to School Shop, a school in British Virgin Gorda, Children’s Aid and Family Services in Bergen County, New Jersey and The Tari Shattuck Foundation. If you know of a group that would appreciate a donation of books, please let us know.