Imagination Library

Thanks to strong community support, Lakes Area United Way is able to offer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program.

Imagination Library is a program offering free books to kids aged birth through 5 years of age.  Studies have shown a direct correlation between the number of books in the home with early childhood literacy rates, which directly impact a child's reading ability when entering kindergarten.  With Imagination Library, participating kids receive one age-appropriate book in the mail each month, and any children under 5 who reside in Crow Wing, Aitkin, or Cass Counties are eligible for enrollment. While our local office pays for the program, it is free to those enrolled. 

Enroll your child in Imagination Library

Sponsoring a child through Imagination Library is a great way to encourage early childhood literacy.  Research demonstrates literacy rates at the beginning of kindergarten are strong indicators of future academic and professional success. By investing in Imagination Library, you invest in our youngest generation and our community as a whole.  For only $30, you can give a child the gift of literacy by providing them with one book each month for an entire year. This donation multiplies tenfold to be a large impact on a child's future.

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If you would like to know how to more effectively read to your child, click here for Tips & Tools For Reading With Children.



Thank you to the following community partners for their support of Imagination Library

3M                                                                                  Crow Wing Power Community Trust

Initiative Foundation                                                      Backus Lions Club

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615                                              Brainerd Jaycees

Brainerd Noon Sertoma                                                  Brainerd Noon Rotary Foundation

Kiwanis Club of Baxter Lakes Area and Friends             Kiwanis of Brainerd

PL & BP Lions Club                                                         Potlatch

R.R. Gould Charitable Foundation                                  Central Lakes Rotary Club

Nisswa Lion Club                                                             Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative