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Friends of Chester Library Awarded Grant

The Friends of the Town of Chester Public Library has a long history of providing books and programs for children in the Town of Chester. Their commitment to early literacy development in the community has taken a number of forms such as the distribution of free books at the annual Rotary holiday event for children and the donation of books to preschoolers as they register for Kindergarten. To further early literacy opportunities in the community, the Friends applied for, and recently were awarded, a Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation grant to fund registrations for a local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. The program provides free picture books mailed monthly to preschool children (ages 1-4) residing in the Town of Chester who register for the program. Each picture book is a high-quality piece of children’s literature and is the family’s to keep as part of a collection of children’s books in each preschooler’s home.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to preschool children. Children registered for the program receive a set of books, one a month across the year, mailed to their residence, starting with the children’s classic, The Little Engine That Could. TM Each month a new, carefully selected book is mailed to the residence of registered preschool children in the child’s name. There is no cost or obligation to the child’s family. The book is a gift and belongs to the child to build his/her own library.


Who Is Eligible?

Preschool children, ages one through four, who reside in the Town of Chester, are eligible to register. Please note though, space in the program is limited. For further information, please email or call 518-494-3627.


Funding for the Imagination Library in the Town of Chester is underwritten by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, “Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.” (