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The books contained in these boxes will be mailed through the United Way of West Cnetral Minnesota's participation in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program. The United Way has been involved in the program for seven years. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Imagination Library helps instill a love of reading in littlest learners

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WILLMAR -- Amid the research about early childhood learning, one of the figures that jumps out at Renee Nolting is this: By the time children from families with limited resources reach kindergarten age, they've heard 32 million fewer words than children from middle-class households.


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Anne Polta

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