East & South Notts and Nottingham

Dolly Parton says ‘Ay up mi duck’ – watch exclusive video here!

Dolly Parton says ‘Ay up mi duck’ – watch exclusive video here!

Can you help a Nottingham child learn to read?

Nottingham is joining forces with Dolly Parton to promote free books to children and we need your help to make a difference.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting scheme that was launched in America by the singer.
Now partners in Nottingham are working together to make sure every Nottingham child from 0-5 years old can get a free book delivered to their home each month.

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Why is your help important?

Data about Nottingham shows that children can start school with reading skills up to 14% behindthose of other children in the UK. Studies have proven that the Imagination Library can change this by helping parents and children to enjoy exploring books together. Looking at the pictures, talking about the stories and having fun together makes a huge difference.

So far, 1,384 Nottingham children have been registered and 16,915 books have been delivered. But we want to do more. We want EVERY child to be able to receive the books. With your help we can raise the necessary funds to deliver this exciting vision. Together we can give the gift of reading.


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Dolly Parton said:

 “I am delighted that partners in Nottingham are working together to help even more kids have the opportunity to develop a love of books from the earliest possible age.

“I want kids to love books, to have an emotional connection – even a reverence for books. I am most proud of the fact that every child in the Imagination Library does not have to grow up without books in their home.”


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Every penny raised will inspire a child to love books. Please join us & give the gift of reading.


Dolly says “Ay up mi duck”…

In a special video message to Nottingham, Dolly had a go at Nottingham’s famous style of welcome – before urging everyone to help more Nottingham children to benefit from her ‘Imagination Library’ scheme.

Watch the exclusive video of Dolly saying ‘Ay up mi duck’ at www.dollybooksnottingham.org 


Libraries can help your child to read…

From white rabbits to bow ties and ticking clocks, why not come along to your local library for reading-inspired arts & crafts activities this Half Term?

Nottingham City Libraries celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s famous book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with free family fun for children of all ages and their carers.

Tuesday 26 May

  • Sherwood Library. 10.30am to 11.30am
  • St Ann’s Valley Library. 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 27 May

  • Hyson Green Library. 11am to 12noon
  • Meadows Library. 2pm to 3:30pm
  • Radford-Lenton Library. 2pm to 3pm

Thursday 28 May

  • Bulwell Riverside Library. 2pm to 3pm
  • Clifton Library. 11am to 12noon
  • Southglade Park Library. 10am to 11am

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