Rosie Cooper MP officially launched the West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library at an event held in Edge Hill University’s Arts Centre on Monday 6 October 2014.

In attendance were business leaders, education providers, voluntary sector organisations, scouts and guides, faith and community groups as well as Edge Hill Students’ Union and the University itself.

In officially launching the scheme Rosie was joined by Edge Hill University’s Vice Chancellor, Dr John Cater, and reporter Henry James representing the Champion Newspapers, along with Natalie Turnbull, UK Director for the Dollywood Foundation.

Rosie spoke passionately of the benefits of the scheme to the young people of West Lancashire, in improving literacy and creating opportunities to succeed.

The event gave Rosie an opportunity to explain the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to all those present and how she hopes to build on the launch event by having fundraising events over the coming months.

MP Rosie speaking after the event said:                                           

“Whenever I talk to people about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library they think it is a great idea.  Today was the beginning of turning this great idea into a great reality.”

“I am determined to make the West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library a success for the benefit of West Lancashire.  

“Already Dolly Parton has given us her personal seal of approval.

“We’ve now officially launched the West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library and we’ve got donation commitments and offers to hold fundraising events that will help to make the scheme a success.

“People I spoke to at the launch event had their own personal reason for committing to support the scheme.  What we all shared is a desire to unlock the potential of children and open up a world of opportunities through reading.

“Helping to fundraise to buy books for local children is something everyone in West Lancashire can get involved in and I really hope they will do.

“The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a brilliant, cost-effective way to help our children learn, achieve and enjoy brighter, more fulfilling lives.”

Rosie has set a goal for the West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library to raise £200,000 in order that all children in West Lancashire wanting to register for the scheme will be able to receive books.

There are a number of ways people, businesses or local community groups can help support the West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library:

– Make a donation

– Make West Lancashire Dolly Parton Imagination Library your Charity of the Year

– Organise fundraising events of your own

– Buy tickets for forthcoming events

– Consider discussing a sponsorship package

If you want to get involved by then please send an email to including your contact details and how you would like to help.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library means that for just £25 per child per year or £125 per child for the full term of the scheme from birth until they go to school at 5.  Each child will receive 60 books, one a month at no cost to the registered child, which will encourage a love of reading and improve their literacy.

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