Falkirk East's MSP Angus MacDonald hails new Dolly Parton imagination library to Scotland
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:27
An initiative between country singer Dolly Parton, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Book Trust to provide free books to looked after children has been hailed by Falkirk East’s MSP Angus MacDonald
Funds from the SNP government will enable the Imagination Library to provide 12 free books every year for all 3,341 looked after children in Scotland, including 95 in Falkirk district, until they are five years old.
The programme that has seen more than 40,000 free books donated to young Scots, with more set to follow.
SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“Big thanks must go to Dolly Parton, who was in Scotland this week, for working with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Book Trust to ensure some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children benefit from the Imagination Library.
“It will help us ensure our looked after children will have the same opportunities as their peers to access books, be inspired by literature and learn the joy of reading.
“The Scottish Government is committed to improving the life chances of Scotland’s looked after children.”
The Dollywood Foundation initiative gives looked after children a free book every month until they are five years old.
Parton said: “However, this is very important to me and I am so proud of our partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Government.
“They love kids as much as I do and share a belief that if we do what is right for children now, they will do what is right for the rest of their lives.”
Falkirk East’s MSP Angus MacDonald says the initiative will have a huge impact on the lives of the 95 local looked after children in Falkirk district.
He said: “A lot of consideration is given to children about school-age but what is often missing is how to aid their development from birth to five years old.
“The early years in a child’s life are the most important for their learning and looked after children don’t always have the same opportunities as their peers.
“So this initiative is going to have such a positive impact on their lives and it is a testament to the SNP’s commitment to improving the lives of Scottish youngsters.
“The Imagination Library is a fantastic idea for the looked after children in this community.”