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West Virginia children to receive free books this summer through Imagination Library


West Virginia is partnering once again with the Dollywood Foundation to provide approximately 258,000 books this summer to public schoolchildren entering first, second or third grade. 

The West Virginia Blue Ribbon Book Club is a partnership of the West Virginia Department of Education, the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University and the Dollywood Foundation, American superstar Dolly Parton’s nonprofit. 

The Blue Ribbon Book Club will provide early learners with a small library of high-quality books. Shipments will begin with two books shipped to West Virginia children over the next several weeks and two additional books shipped by mid- to late July. Teachers will also receive these books before the start of their school year so they may create lessons during the school year based on the readings. 

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