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Friends of Chester Library Awarded Grant

The Friends of the Town of Chester Public Library has a long history of providing books and programs for children in the Town of Chester. Their commitment to early literacy development in the community has taken a number of forms such as the distribution of free books at the annual Rotary holiday event for children and the donation of books to preschoolers as they register for Kindergarten. To further early literacy opportunities in the community, the Friends applied for, and recently were awarded, a Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation grant to fund registrations for a local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. The program provides free picture books mailed monthly to preschool children (ages birth to 4) residing in the Towns of Chester and Horicon who register for the program. Each picture book is a high-quality piece of children’s literature and is the family’s to keep as part of a collection of children’s books in each preschooler’s home.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to preschool children. Children registered for the program receive a set of books, one a month across the year, mailed to their residence, starting with the children’s classic, The Little Engine That Could TM. Each month a new, carefully selected book is mailed to the residence of registered preschool children in the child’s name. There is no cost or obligation to the child’s family. The book is a gift and belongs to the child to build his/her own library.


Who Is Eligible?

Preschool children, ages birth through four, who reside in the Towns of Chester and Horicon, are eligible to register. For further information, please email or call Trudy at 518-494-3627.


Funding for the Imagination Library is underwritten by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, “Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.” (