Ohio Hospitals Enlisted to Help Enroll Newborns in Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is turning to Ohio's hospitals to help increase newborn enrollment in the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library. In partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the OGIL aims to promote early literacy by mailing one free book each month to Ohio children, from birth through age 5.

At a press conference held Thursday at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the first lady encouraged Ohio hospitals to partner with the OGIL to help increase the enrollment of newborns into the program. The program is free for hospitals to sign on to. Approximately 35 of Ohio’s hospitals are helping to promote the program, but first lady DeWine says she hopes more will join the effort.

Currently 287,000 children, or about 40% of those eligible, are receiving books through the OGIL. 

"It is never too early to begin reading to a child," the first lady said. " By enrolling newborns, families will see the full benefits of the program."

Children enrolled in the program on the day they are born will receive a full set of 60 free books before their 5th birthday.

For additional information about how your hospital can sign up as an OGIL partner, visit ohioimaginationlibrary.org.