HAMILTON - Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine visited the Tri-State Friday to launch a program that will bring free books to young children in Butler County.
It’s all part of an effort to promote early childhood literacy across the state.
DeWine kicked off the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) at Ross High School’s media center library.
“I am thrilled to say that all 25,000 children from birth up to age five in Butler County are now eligible for the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. I urge every single parent, grandparent or caregiver to go online today and register their child to participate in this game-changing initiative,” the first lady said.
Then she sat down and read with a group of local children.
DeWine has been traveling across Ohio talking about the new program, a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
It gives a free book to a child every month from the day they are born until they turn five years old.
In Butler County, 25,000 children are eligible for free books, according to a news release.
The state provides a dollar-for-dollar match with the local affiliate to put books in the hands of Ohio children.
DeWine also launched the program Friday morning in Highland and Clinton counties.