Tanana Chiefs Conference partners with Imagination Library to bring books to Interior Alaska

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 4:14 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) has partnered with the North Star Imagination Library to bring books to children across Interior Alaska.

According to Emily Vockeroth, President of the Board, the Imagination Library is a program started by American singer and songwriter Dolly Parton to provide children with books.

“Each local affiliate registers children to receive a free book every month in the mail from birth until their fifth birthday,” Vockeroth explained. “The program is designed to inspire a lifelong love of reading.”

She continued, “The North Star Imagination Library is expanding our geographic reach to include all of the villages served by Tanana Chiefs Conference. So our reach, instead of just being the Fairbanks North Star Borough, will now spread across the Interior of Alaska.”

Until recently, North Star Imagination Library only serviced those in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. But now with the partnership of TCC, children across the Interior can access this service.

“North Star Imagination Library has been working in Fairbanks for 13 years,” Vockeroth elaborated, “And there are Imagination Libraries across the State of Alaska, but there has never been coverage across the entire Interior outside of the Fairbanks area. So I’ve been reaching out for several years to try to expand or encourage expansion. [It was] just a matter of talking to enough people over a course of time and we finally got all the right people on board, and got it coordinated and found a funding source, and we’re ready to go!”

Those interested can sign up at the North Star Imagination Library website and for TCC serviced areas with limited access to the internet, there are paper forms available as well.

“We are really looking forward to offering Imagination Library to hundreds more children throughout Alaska,” Vockeroth said. “We’re thankful for the partnership with TCC to make this happen, and really looking forward to inspiring many more readers in the years to come.”

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