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Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country-singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading. All participating children receive free, age-appropriate books through the mail each month, from birth to age five.
In 2009, United Way launched the Imagination Library initiative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way’s early childhood priority focused on the healthy development of children and school readiness.
The program now has more than 600 children participating and nearly 400 graduated (turned age 5). Special thank you to founding sponsors, Runzheimer Foundation and Lavelle Industries, whose generous contributions provide books at no cost to our community’s families.
How it Works
All children under the age of five residing in western Racine County are eligible to participate. After registering, the first book, The Little Engine That Could, will take about eight to ten weeks to arrive at your home. Your child will then receive one age-appropriate book each month until they "graduate" from the program, shortly before their fifth birthday.