Imagination Library

A FREE book-a-month program for ALL children living in Erie County from birth to age 5!

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What is the Imagination Library?

It sounds almost too simple to be true, but when you read regularly with your children during their first years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get!

Each month, a new, carefully selected book is mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. They look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from the Imagination Library until they turn 5 years old, as long as you remain a resident of Erie County. Should your child move outside Erie County, they do exit the program. However, be sure to check the Dollywood Foundation website for an Imagination Library in your new community!

The Imagination Library is a FREE gift to our children. All you have to do is read to your children.

Download the Imagination Library registration brochure

Who is eligible?

All children in Erie County, Pennsylvania from the day of birth until their 5th birthday are eligible!

When will we receive books?

Books begin arriving at your home, eight to ten weeks after your completed registration form has been received and continue until your child turns 5 or you move out of Erie County. If your child’s address changes, you must contact United Way of Erie County, (814) 456-2937, in order to continue receiving books.

Read More!

To maximize the impact of the Imagination Library, United Way of Erie County created Reading Buddies, a program that gives parents and other caring adults guidance and tips on early childhood reading. Developed by local reading specialists, Reading Buddies focuses on ways to increase the love of reading in young children.

The Reading Buddies program techniques are simple and proven! Parents and caring adults receive helpful tips and information on making the most of reading with their children. This leads to children being prepared for kindergarten and success in school! Children are welcome to attend Reading Buddies events, with activities provided in a separate, supervised area during the adult training. To attend an event near you, check out the Reading Buddies calendar!

Support for the Imagination Library is always welcome. Please consider sponsoring a child.

The Imagination Library is a United Way of Erie County initiative in collaboration with The Erie Community Foundation and our other funding and community partners.