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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.

Week of the young child celebration

Join us in celebration of Racine County’s youngest learners on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Knapp Elementary School, 2701 17th Street, Racine. All families and children are welcome at this free event. Click here to learn more.

Imagination Library Story Time

Teddy Bear Picnic Story Time

May 14, 10 a.m., Waterford Public Library

Grab your favorite teddy bear and head to the Waterford Public Library for a teddy bear picnic! This story time is sure to be stuffed with fun. All children in attendance will receive a free book, compliments of United Way.


Out of This World Story Time

August 10, 10 a.m., Union Grove Public Library 

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