More than half of 5-year-olds in the district who took a kindergarten readiness assessment last fall tested not ready to enter kindergarten, he said.
“We want to increase interest in early childhood reading in the area,” Bezusko said.
The program is free for all children, he said, and the county hopes to sign up 1,200 kids, roughly half the children eligible in the community.
More than 400 children have already enrolled in the program in the first week, he said.
“Studies from other communities around the country show that children enrolled in the Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten, have a larger vocabulary, spend more time reading with parents and guardians, have more books, and visit the library more often than children not enrolled,” Bezusko said in a news release.
Parents in Logan County who want to sign their children up for the Imagination Library can go to imaginationlibrary.com. The first books will be delivered in January, he said, but there is no deadline to register.
Sponsors of the program include United Way of Logan County, the Lewis and Dorothy Tamplin Trust, Bellefontaine Rotary Club, Vectren Foundation, Logan County Libraries, Belletech Corp., PNC Bank and other individuals.