Fun day will mark one year of Dolly Parton reading scheme

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

It has been one year since a reading program developed by American country singer Dolly Parton was first introduced in the district.

And to mark the scheme's first anniversary, a family fun day will be held for children in the area it supports.

The project, called the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, sends books to children in Airedale and Ferry Fryston from birth until they begin school.

It is open to families with children born after September 1 2016.

A babies and toddlers fun day will be held at Airedale Library on May 16, to mark the scheme's first anniversary.

Families in the area are invited to attend the event, which will include entertainment and activities such as stories, arts and crafts and a 'Move with Peppa' dance session.

Speaking when the scheme launched on May 3 last year, Dr Linda Harris, chief executive at Spectrum Community Health CIC, said: “It’s great to see a project like this giving babies a fun and educational way to start life.”

The Imagination Library is provided by Spectrum in partnership with Wakefield Council.

American country singer Dolly first launched it in her home state of Tennessee in 1995 to help develop a love of reading among children and ensure every youngster would have books regardless of their family’s income.

The fun day will be held from 9.30am until noon.