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Erie's Imagination Library Program Gets Big Boost

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In a society where video games, phones, tablets, and tv's consume many children's lives, a program that goes back to the basics, gets a big boost Wednesday.

It's putting books in the hands of low-income children, here in Erie.

In just one month, the United Way raised tens of thousands of dollars, all in an effort to help children in Erie county.

During a news conference Wednesday, United Way announced they raised $70,000 dollars for the Imagination Library.

That programs provides free books to more than 7,300 local children that are enrolled in the program.
Children ages 5 and under, get books in the mail every month, at their homes.

Last month, Erie's United Way appealed to local businesses and organizations to donate to the cause, so more local children could benefit.
Representatives from the Sunflower Club and Presque Isle Downs and Casino were on-hand Wednesday, as their organizations collected $25,000, more than $21,000 respectively.
Everybody agreed on the importance of Erie's Imagination Library.

"It's truly amazing the need in our community they poverty level is so high," said Marlene Mosco, Regional President of PNC Bank and 2014 United Way Chair. "It's not that children aren't reading, it's that they may not have the library in their home to do that," Mosco added.

"Kids don't go outside and play anymore. They're more interested in watching TV or playing video games. This, their parents are involved they can read to the kids," said Steven Hyzer, Sunflower Club Treasurer.

"That supports the kids in their reading efforts for the next 5 years and we're proud to be a part of it," said Jeff Farve, President of Presque Isle Downs and Casino.

Country music star Dolly Parton, started the Imagination Library project about 17 years ago, it was implemented in Erie, last year.
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