Capital Area United Way, Women in Media, and the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation will launch Imagination Library for children enrolled at the YWCA’s Istrouma Early Head Start, according to a news release.

Imagination Library is a nationwide, early childhood literacy program started by Dolly Parton in her home state of Tennessee. The program provides free age-appropriate books to children 5 and under on a monthly basis. The program is designed to foster a love of reading among young children and their families, and to ensure that every child has access to books regardless of their family’s income.

United Way brought Imagination Library to St. Helena, West Feliciana, Geismar, and Donaldsonville in 2010 with financial support from Turner Industries; BASF; Entergy River Bend; Amerchol; the City of Greensburg and Leadership Ascension. Women in Media will introduce Imagination Library to East Baton Rouge Parish and their commitment will cover the cost and mailing of the books to all 50 children enrolled at Istrouma Early Head Start.

Capital Area United Way is part of the Istrouma School Zone Initiative, a task force of businesses; educational institutions; non-profit organizations and government agencies that are working to move the needle on educational issues affecting children enrolled at Istrouma High School. Launching Imagination Library is one of the ways that United Way is actively working to create lasting change in the Istrouma community.

Davis, a Boston Celtics forward and former LSU basketball star, will speak at the announcement of the program.

The official announcement will be made at 9:30 a.m. Friday at YWCA Istrouma Early Head Start, 4643 Winbourne Ave.