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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is changing hosts. Previously managed through Ada Regional United Way, the early childhood literacy program is now based at Smart Start South Central, an early childhood initiative housed in East Central University's Center for Continuing Education and Community Services.

"The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program itself is exactly what it always has been: a program that provides one free book a month to any child under the age of 5 who lives in Pontotoc County. The only change is that Smart Start South Central has taken over the administrative tasks of the program," said Trish Little, community coordinator.

"The DPIL program is alive and well in Pontotoc County, and will continue to provide books to children 5 and under as long as funding will support it, she said."

New brochures will be available soon for parents who would like to sign up their child for the program. For more information about this or any other programs that Smart Start South Central sponsors, contact Little at 580-559-5367, or email Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a collaborative effort between Smart Start South Central and the Chickasaw Nation.

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