Library to host breakfast benefit

Pre-sale tickets end March 7

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — Have you ever wanted to dine with Madeline and Pippi Longstocking? Or hug a hedgehog? Or talk to “Spot” the dog or share a joke with Froggy?

The Troy-Miami County Public Library will be hosting its first “Character Breakfast” from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Fort Piqua Plaza Ballroom in Piqua. Tickets must be purchased by March 7 and are pre-sale only.

Each $25 ticket purchased for this event supports one child in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program for one year — 12 brand new books for the year. Each child enrolled in the program receives a new book each month until the age of 5.

According to youth services manager and Imagination Library coordinator Nancy Hargrove, the breakfast’s “cast of characters” includes “Madeline” from books by Ludwig Bemelmans; “Froggy” from books by Jonathan London; “Hedgie” from books by Jan Brett; “Pippi Longstocking” from books by Astrid Lindgren; and “Spot” from books by Eric Hill.

As participants dine on Mrs. B’s catered breakfast in the grand ballroom of the historic Fort Piqua Hotel, each character will have an assistant who will hand out various bookmarks to the children. Children may also enjoy hearing several stories while attending the character breakfast read by Mayor Hinds of Piqua, Mayor Stump of Bradford, Mayor Francis of West Milton, and Mayor Hale of Tipp City.

“My favorite part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program is that all children in Miami County, under the age of five years old, are eligible to receive brand new, quality books each month delivered by the United States Postal Service to their home,” Hargrove said. “Also, the books selected by the DPIL book committee are concept based and age appropriate for the child enrolled. Children receive a nice mix of books from various well-known authors and often visit their local library to find other books to enjoy.”

More than 3,000 children are registered for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Miami County.

Hargrove, along with TMCPL Executive Director Rachelle Miller attended Homecomin’ 2015, Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library conference for all affiliates involved in the international program.

“While there we were able to network with other affiliates about their fundraising efforts,” Hargrove said. “This was a successful event for a Georgia affiliate and we thought it sounded like a fun way to raise money for our program.”

For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library or the Character Breakfast, please contact Nancy Hargrove 339-0502, Ext. 121.

Pre-sale tickets end March 7

By Melanie Yingst

Reach Melanie Yingst at or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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