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Imagination Library Book One Cool Friend comes to life with the Erie Playhouse


After the launch of the Imagination Library and Reading Buddies Program in 2013, the Erie Playhouse became one of United Way of Erie County’s first and most dedicated partners. In addition to partnering on unique Reading Buddies events, the Erie Playhouse also incorporated both the Imagination Library and Reading Buddies into an innovative program called PLAYtime. PLAYtime works with children ages two to five enrolled in local high quality early learning programs to help mitigate factors that prevent children from being ready for kindergarten. Program components include the following:

  • Engaging children in art and performance based activities aligned with Imagination Library books

  • Training parents in creative literacy building techniques by modeling the behaviors taught by Reading Buddies

  • Exposing families to the magic of live theatre by transforming Imagination Library books into musicals.

  • The Playhouse partners with a local university to evaluate success. To date, 93% of children participating in PLAYtime are demonstrating pre-literacy and kindergarten ready literacy skills and 62% of parents increased the use of literacy strategies when reading to their children at home.

PLAYtime now receives funding through United Way of Erie County and will present its second musical adaptation of an Imagination Library Book, One Cool Friend, March 10-12, 2017. Performances are FREE to the public and will be promoted through our Imagination Library Facebook page and e-newsletter. Imagination Library families will also be invited to stay after the performance for a PLAYtime educational session.

Performances will be:

Saturday, March 11 at 12:00pm

Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm

Sunday, March 12 at 2:00pm

Reserve your seats online or please call the Erie Playhouse box office at (814) 454-2852 ext. 0 beginning February 9.


IMPORTANT: Please be sure to identify yourself as an Imagination Library family when calling the box office. A special Parent & Me interactive session will immediately follow each performance. Seating is LIMITED.Please also let the box office know if you would like to stay for the Parent & Me session when calling.