PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Starting this year, every baby born in Pascagoula can start their very own book collection. Pascagoula is now a part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The program sends a new book to children every month, starting when they're born until they turn five. It's free for parents, and by the end of their fifth birthday children will have collected 60 books.
Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell celebrated the news, by reading to a group of Head Start children Wednesday. He says he's so pleased to have the program in his city.
"The idea is to teach reading as soon as possible, and this is just another tool to be used to that end." When asked if thought this was going to be beneficial for children in Pascagoula, Mayor Maxwell responded, "Yes, I think it's best for the child. It gives them a purpose early on in life and newborns of course you can't do much with them, but you can read to them."
Pascagoula's Excel by 5 coalition is responsible for bringing the Imagination Library to the city. Every child born after January 1st, 2010 is eligible, as long as they live in Pascagoula. To enroll your child, just call (228) 938-6497.
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