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The library partners with the local high school art society to celebrate the anniversary. 

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - The Wilsonville High School Art Society designed three posters for the tenth anniversary of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Visitors to the Wilsonville Public Library may notice some colorful new additions this month, including a life-size portrait of Dolly Parton.

Ten years ago, the library partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide books for children in the community. To celebrate this milestone, the library's children's services department invited the National Art Honor Society at Wilsonville High School to create artwork that illustrates the literacy project.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends free books to children from birth to age five with the goal of inspiring children to read and preparing them for success in school. The Imagination Library mails books free of charge directly to the child's home. Studies conducted by the Imagination Library show that the project has led to high literacy rates, increased kindergarten readiness and a love for reading in youth.

On Friday, Feb. 4, the Wilsonville High Art Society unveiled three poster boards members have worked on since November. The artwork is displayed on the library's wall overlooking the books, and each poster has colorful designs of classic children's books, flowers, balloons and a train carrying books.

The art society includes Jeslyn Fernandes, Sophie Gordon, Sophia Levesque, Masha Mironova, Macy Moore, Annalise Muñoz, Annabelle Nothwang, Stephanie Yang and Cassidy Yourg.

"It's exciting that we get to be part of this project. (The National Art Honor Society) is an organization that really promotes artistic skill, and this project is also promoting literacy, so it's very well connected," said Mironova, co-president of the society at WHS. "It's just been a really fun experience for all of us."

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - The Dolly Parton Imagination Library sends free books to childre from birth to age five at the goal of inspiring youth to read.

Wilsonville Imagination Library director Hilly Alexander said 1,605 children in Wilsonville are eligible to join the literacy program — yet only about 42% have enrolled. She said she hopes more people find out about the Imagination Library and take advantage of it.

"We are so excited about this collaboration. My big hope is that (the students) had a lot of fun, and that we can collaborate more in the future. Also, the big thing for us is … getting the word out about the Imagination Library," said Alexander.

Community members can learn more about the literacy project at the children's desk at the library, or register online at imaginationlibrary.com.

The artwork will be displayed at the library until May.


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