Quilt drawing will help local children receive free books

The Ionia County Intermediate School District in collaboration with the Belding Areas Schools, Ionia Public Schools, Lakewood Public Schools, Palo Community Schools, Portland Public Schools, Saranac Community Schools and other generous community partners are pleased to announce the establishment of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ionia County.  This is a free literacy program for children birth to age five.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ionia County is a gift from the community back to its young children.  For just $27.00 per year, a child will receive a high quality, hard-cover book once a month delivered right to their home for an entire year!  All children who live within the Ionia County Intermediate School District (along with anyone of the above mentioned school districts) who are under five years of age are eligible.


The quilt raffle is one way you can support the library and provide books to children in their homes. There are 48 quilts total that were handmade by community members and citizens interested in assuring that every child has books in their home and is read to before they go to school. The quilts were designed to be lap quilts for you and your child to cuddle up and share a book. The quilts are based on the book, The Fuzzy Little Duckling. Tickets for the raffle will be $5.00 per ticket or $30.00 for 10 tickets. This is approximately the same amount of money that it costs to fund a child in the program for an entire year! The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win a quilt that is sure to be treasured by your child. Tickets can be purchased at the Ionia ISD and through various community organizations.

The drawing will be held at noon on Wednesday, March, 26, 2014 at the Ionia ISD located at 2191 Harwood Road Ionia, MI 48846. A total of 35 raffle tickets will be drawn. Winners will receive the quilt that corresponds with the number in the book. If the quilt has been bought back by the quilter or is going to be in the online auction, then the individual will receive the next available quilt. The winners will be contacted by phone and posted on the Ionia County ISD web-site.

The online auction will begin on Monday, March 24th and be open until noon on Friday, March 28th. The opening bid for all online quilts will be $150.00. A direct link to the auction will be at the top of the Ionia ISD web page at http://www.ioniaisd.org. Paypal services will be used to secure payment.

Checks should be payable to:

Ionia ISD – DPIL (The quilts can also be viewed online at

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