Salida Sunrise Rotarians help children celebrate the 50 year anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Salida Library!  Several children enjoyed their time hearing the story again, and joining in the celebration!  
 
 
2019 Year in Review
 
Our Salida Sunrise Rotary Club is very excited about the success of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program in our community.  After launching five years ago, we have seen outstanding results, having mailed over 17,000 books to over 740 children in the Salida School District!
 
Our local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program has continued to grow, and it put over 4,300 quality, age-appropriate books into the hands of 460 registered children in 2019.  There were 107 new registrations during 2019 (of which 55 were new births), and 81 children turned five and graduated from the program.  With 360 registered children at the end of 2019, we have succeeded in reaching more families and more children.
 
We have gained more visibility and awareness to our program through our advertising, registration activities, and fundraising efforts.  After mailing our year-end program update and thank you to prior donors in Chaffee County, we saw a tremendous response.
 
We were also very successful in our pursuit of additional grant dollars, including grants from Chaffee County Women Who Care, Monarch Community Outreach, Walmart Community Grants, Salida Regional Library, and Salida Elks Lodge 808.
 
We continue to have great partnerships with the Salida Regional Library and Buena Vista Public Library, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center, and the Salida Early Childhood Center and other pre-schools.
 
We hosted a “Kids’ Booth” once again at the Chaffee Home and Garden Show and received 12 new registrations for young children in Chaffee County.  And we hosted an Imagination Library booth at the KHEN Back-to-School event in Salida on August 22nd.
 
Also in 2019, we developed an online SurveyMonkey survey to request feedback from families with children registered in the program.   That survey showed that 98% of the families felt their children are building better literacy skills with this program.  All of the responders said the program provided some to significant benefit, with 90% saying significant benefit.  The outstanding comments in the survey support the impact and value of this program in our county.  Parents like the books, the diversity, and their quality.  The common thread of feedback is that the children enjoy receiving the books and they love reading them with their families. 
 
Rotarians and our generous and supportive community can be very proud of this program and what it is accomplishing!