Hopkins-Rains Retired School Personnel Program Will Be About “Dolly Parton Imagination Library”

Hopkins-Rains Retired School Personnel will meet Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. at The ROC, 115 Putman St., Sulphur Springs. All retired school employees in the area are invited and encouraged to attend. Lyn Baldwin will present a program on “Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes to Rains County!”

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Lyn Baldwin to present “Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes to Rains County” during May 10, 2022, Hopkins-Rains Retired School Personnel meeting.

Lyn Baldwin, an educator of 42 years, is now retired and volunteering in Rains County. Three years ago, while watching Good Morning America, Lyn saw an interview featuring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program mails FREE books to children under the age of five to communities who become Local Affiliates of the program. Local Affiliates pay a small portion of the book and mailing costs, while Dolly’s Foundation pays the rest. 

First enrollee in Rains County

Lyn, then and there, decided she would work for Rains County to become part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Rains County program was organized in 2018 and began enrolling children in 2019. Today over 190 children in Rains County receive books each month.

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The Rains County program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a five-member board, with 14 people on their Dolly Team working on enrollment, fundraising, parent engagement, area development, and spreading the love of books and reading. Their goal is to set Rains County children on the path to educational success in literary skills. 

Dolly and Lyn both believe that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything!

Author: KSST Contributor

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