Literacy program makes stop in Austintown

Austintown United Way book program

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –  Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program pulled into Austintown Thursday evening.

About 30 parents, along with their 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds, showed up to learn the proper way to read to their children. The Imagination Library is a joint venture between the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning County to get books into the hands of children.

By signing up, kids will receive a free age appropriate book mailed directly to their home every month until they turn 5.

“And we just started receiving the books and he was very excited to see his name on the label when we got them in the mail. He was just thrilled and then read the book over and over and over again. He was just very excited about it,” Beth Sich of Youngstown said.

All families in Mahoning County with children under the age of 5 are eligible to enroll. To register, click here.

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