Imagination Library

Changing lives, one book at a time.

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 iniative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way's early childhood priority of school readiness and children's healthy development.

In 2016, we expanded Imagination Library to all of Racine County. Currently, more than 4,800 children have participated in the program, and we've supplied more than 70,000 books to Racine County children. To celebrate our upcoming milestone of 100,000 books mailed to Racine County children, we want to hear the stories of those who have participated in this program. Please click here to share how Imagination Library has made a difference in your life..

A special thank you to our 2016 sponsors, the 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 Racine County are eligible to participate. After registering, the first book, The Little Engine That Could, will take about 90 days to arrive at your home. Your child will then receive one free age-appropriate book each month until they turn five. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about Imagination Library, or click the box below to register today. Please notify United Way of Racine County anytime your address changes in order to continue receiving books.

For more information, please contact Joanee Meyerhofer at 262-210-1975.

Imagination Library Story Time

Celebrate National Young Readers Week by joining us for an Super-reader Story Time at the Racine Public Library. On November 8, kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes to listen to a story and receive a free book. 

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