Fran DeWine reading program reaches out to Ottawa County

Sep 16, 2020 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

First Lady Fran DeWine announced progress in reaching young Ohio readers in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) Program’s first year. Only seven Ohio counties — Ottawa, Columbiana, Lake, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, and Seneca – remain without a countywide program.

Parents and caregivers can sign up children at

Now, 206,463 Ohio children from birth to age 5 are enrolled to receive a free Imagination Library book in the mail every single month. The program is currently offered countywide to children in 78 of Ohio’s counties, with an additional three – Crawford, Van Wert, and Mercer – launching the OGIL Program in September.

“Thanks to dedicated Ohio lawmakers, who are investing in our kids with matching funding, and our wonderful local partners, the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library has made outstanding progress in its first year,” said DeWine. “But we still have more work to do. Mike and I look forward to the day that every young child in Ohio – no matter what city, county, village or township that child lives in — has access to the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library books.”

Last summer, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program was available in pockets of Ohio when the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library partnered with the Dolly Parton program. In September 2020 enrollment will more than double to 206,463.

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