TOT4TOT

Turn

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Tuesdays

Challenge

THE PROBLEM:

CHILDHOOD ILLITERACY


ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN IN AMERICA GROW UP WITHOUT LEARNING HOW TO READ


THE ​REASON

LACK OF BOOKS

IN THE HOME

The average low-income home has 1 children’s book.

The average middle class home has 13 children’s books.

THE SOLUTION

FREE MONTHLY BOOK PROGRAMS

And out of the 24.3 million children under the age of five in America only about 1.5 million are able to participate in a free monthly book program because of the lack of funds.

RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR SCHOOL TODAY!

AMERICA'S FUTURE DEPENDS UPON THE QUALITY OF ITS CHILDREN'S EDUCATION

But with school funding cut by up to 77% in districts across the USA in 2019 and projected cuts of 79% in 2020 our children's educational needs are not being met.

TURN YOUR TIME WITH YOUR CHILD INTO FUNDS FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND NEW BOOKS FOR LOCAL PRESCHOOL CHILDREN!

1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.

THE WINDOW IS SO SMALL TO GET BOOKS INTO THE HANDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND FOR THE READING TO BEGIN!How many books are in your closet?

$550.00 WORTH!

The average woman has $550.00 worth of new unworn (aka unwanted) clothing and shoes.

That’s about 5 items that you (75%) or your friends (51%) don’t really like or want (you) to wear.


Or that could be about 55 books for preschoolers in your community.


TOT4TOT’s mission is to raise funds for local participating schools while helping to bring free monthly book programs to their community.•••

TOT4TOT 

TOT4TOT is a unique dual fundraising platform that raises funds for local schools and helps to open new chapters of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Free Book Gifting Program in communities across America.

Its partnership with First Library, the first and largest affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in New Jersey, offers three unique and customizable ways for community members to give and give back.

  1. Local parents pledge funds to turn off their children's technology, and hopefully theirs, for two hours a day (beginning) on Tuesdays while their children give up tech so other less fortunate children in their community can have free books monthly. 
  2. Local schools participate in TOT4TOT Pledge-a-Thons to raise funds for their school and community's Imagination Library program.
  3. Local businesses sponsor the children of their clientele for enrollment in the local Imagination Library free book program. 

All pledges and sponsorships are made using the zip code / special code of the donor thereby keeping the program and benefits the children receive local. 


As the largest independent Local Champion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, TOT4TOT's mission is to bring this free monthly book program to both unserviced and underserved communities across the United States.

And we also raise funds to support the PJ Library; another free monthly book program.


All of the charities are 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.


TOT4TOT’S MISSION IS TO GET CHILDREN TO TURN OFF TECHNOLOGY FOR TWO HOURS A DAY WHILE HELPING TO GIVE FREE BOOKS TO PRESCHOOL CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA.


CommonSense Media Consensus Series finds the average child spends over two hours a day on a mobile screen.

Help children take a break from tech and turn on reading and more.

LEARN MORE

Pew Research Study Shows the Need for Regular Library Patronage and Reading

Pew Research shows the segment of the population that needs the library the most will benefit the greatest from the First Library / Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program of daily reading and monthly library visits.

LEARN MORE

Department of Education, Dollywood Foundation and Parents as Teachers Study Validates TOT4TOT's Mission of Book Ownership & Library Patronage 

TOT4TOT's mission of putting books into the hands of children, many in need, from birth to age five (especially in newborn to age three children in high risks homes) and promoting regular library patronage has been validated by the Investing in Innovation Project.


Innovative Approaches to Literacy


Results of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Project

The 2015 Investing in Innovation Project by the Department of Education, Dollywood Foundation and Parents as Teachers study of children in high risk environments showed a


35% increase in families with 26 or more books in the home.

29% increase in children pretending to read books once or more a day.

22% increase in family reading books together once or more a day.

19% increase in families who own library cards.

FREE MONTHLY BOOK PROGRAMS


First Library®

First Library is a early childhood literacy program that promotes reading, book ownership and library patronage.

Children registered in their literacy program receive a free, brand new, age-appropriate book each month by mail until the age of 5 through their partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Parents are asked to read to their child daily and are required to visit their local library monthly.


FirstLibrary.org

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a nationwide program that handles the selection and delivery of free books to children from birth to age 5 monthly.

These free books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library are a mixture of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction for children.

The Imagination Library program is paid for by Ms. Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and a local sponsoring affiliate, such as First Library.

Affiliates, such as First Library, promote, register, manage, and pay for book, mailing and program costs while the Dollywood Foundation manages the book selection and delivery database system. 


ImaginationLibrary.com

PJ Library

PJ Library is a Jewish engagement and literacy program for Jewish and interfaith families with young children.

PJ Library is modeled after Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program.

PJ Library sends out free Jewish children's books and music to Jewish and interfaith families on a monthly basis by subscription.

PJ Library partners with communities around the world to provide families raising Jewish children with the gift of free, high-quality children's books, music, and resources that foster deeper engagement with Jewish life.


PJLibrary.org

"TEXT TO GIVE" NOW!


Text your zip code (or special code / 00001) to 443-21 and pledge to turn off tech 4 one, two, three or more days a week!+ 

Donations benefit preschoolers in your town with the gift of free books monthly.

All donations are processed via the secure nonprofit “Text to Give” smartphone platform Give Lively and are 100% tax deductible.

ACTUAL GIVE LIVELY SMARTPHONE SCREEN FOR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO FIRST LIBRARY, a 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

If your zip code is not listed text 07960 and donate under “❤️ Give in honor of someone” section. Include your zip code in the message section. Funds will be donated to your community’s program.

+For online donations include your special code in the “❤️ Give in honor of someone” message section. Use "[email protected]" in the email address section. Funds will be donated to your community’s program. 

OR 

Text 973-610-9969 and add your zip code to our donors’ list. Please allow up to ten minutes for addition.

Please note PJ Library pledges are accepted​ under the "Give in honor of someone" section. Memo: PJ Library

*Preschool Parent? Post School Parent? Still want to give?

Donate for the FREE Preschool Book program in your town & READyay will double their donation.

Forty percent of the proceeds of every sale is given to the FREE preschool book program in the donor's town, plus an additional 10% is donated to the program in the buyer's town.


​•Children enrolled in these nonprofit free book programs can receive up to 60 free brand new, age-appropriate books, until the age of 5, at no cost or obligation to their families.

••All books are delivered through our partnership with First Library and affiliates like Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and PJ Library, (501(3)c tax exempt charities). 

•••Every two hour pledge ($5.00 donation) gives the gift of a free book to preschool children in the zip code of your choice. In the event there is an existing program in a community, First Library will send the funds to that program.

WOMAN OWNED. COMMUNITY MINDED. CHARITY DRIVEN.


The Interview that ​began TOT4TOT's mission of turning off tech and turning on reading and more!

My Life Publications

First Library​® appeared on the cover or in seven of their sixteen October 2019 issues. 


When we help children with the gift of books and reading, whether they be less fortunate or not, we are helping everyone in their class, school, and community.

Catherine T. Goldberg

Board Of Trustees 

First Library 

FirstLibrary.org