Providing free books for Burlington's youth
As a club, the Burlington Sunrise Rotary has decided that improving childhood literacy should be a top priority. With that in mind, we have committed to fund all the free books provided by the Burlingont, VT chapter of Imagination Library.
 
Dolly Parton (yes, that Dolly Parton) started Imagination Library back in 1995 in Tennessee.  In 2000, Dolly expanded the vision and turned the Imagination Library into a replicable model.  Anyone willing to partner with her and support it locally would receive her help.  By 2013, the Library has over 1,600 affiliates.  Since '96, the Library has registered over 1 MILLION kids for free books, including many in the Burlington, VT area.  The program now delivers over 1 MILLION FREE BOOKS EVERY MONTH to kids in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.
 
The Library's web site articulates the program's vision:
Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
In 2013, PBS NewsHour aired a fantastic story about Imagination Library and Dolly's wonderful work with the program:
 
Parents in Burlington can register their kids for free books by clicking here.  Or click there to learn how you can register via the mail.
 
Burlington's Imagination Library receives the largest portion of all funds raised by the Burlington Sunrise Rotary.  You can donate to Dolly's Imagination Library by clicking here.