Studies show that when kids are given regular “lap-time,” not “laptop” time, but time spent reading books before kindergarten their vocabulary can reach 10,000 words before age 5. For a child who hasn’t had this experience, their vocabulary is about 3,000 words. As a community we must level this playing field.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library in partnership with United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties provide one book each month to children from birth to age 5 who live in participating communities and whose parents register to receive them. These sturdy, colorful, age appropriate books are delivered directly to the child. Each book is selected for the developmental benefits it brings and for the fun! There is no cost to the family.
Currently, our local United Way serves 1,286 children in our communities through the Imagination Library program, and a total of 2,718 have graduated from the program!
One child per household living in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties in Minnesota and children in Western Pierce County Wisconsin that is age birth up to five is eligible to receive books. If you are a Pierce County resident, please contact our office to find out if the program is provided to your city. We are currently serving at program capacity, therefore you may be put on a short waiting list. As children graduate from the program, we will be able to admit new children.
Parents or guardians can enroll their child by submitting a short Imagination Library form to United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties. 413 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN 55066.
Questions or want to register by phone? Please call 651-388-6309.
Allow 8 – 12 weeks for delivery. Not all books are shipped at the same time.
If you would like to donate, United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties appreciates donations to offset costs of the Imagination Library program. The local cost of the program is $40.00 per child per year. There is no charge or fee or donation required or expected for enrollment.