Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.
The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System and coordinating book selections and wholesale purchasing. It also incurs the cost of the program’s administrative expenses and coordinates the monthly mailings.
Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library
Governor and Mrs. Mike DeWine are determined that every child in Ohio have the gift of early childhood literacy. They became aware of the Imagination Library while reading to their grandchildren. As a result, Governor and Mrs. DeWine and local community leaders are creating county-wide programs in all of Ohio’s 88 counties.
In July 2019, the Ohio legislature included $5 million over the next two years to jump start the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, providing matching funds to local dollars raised for the program. Over 60 Ohio counties have a limited form of the program. Few have county-wide program and Warren County is one of the first.
Warren County Imagination Library
The Warren County Imagination Library has been formed to move forward a county-wide effort to deliver books to all children from birth to age five. The theme of this program is “Every Child Reads Every Day”. Our goal is “20 for 20” — 20,000 books delivered to Warren County children in 2020.
This generational change started in early November 2019, when Commissioner Shannon Jones convened a group of Warren County leaders at the Warren County Foundation to learn about the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. Within a few weeks, the five library districts decided to fund a three-year pilot program. The Warren County Literacy Fund has been established for this purpose.
During the pilot program, a permanent endowment campaign will raise $5 million to support the program forever. A nine-member governance team guides the process in Warren County.
Join the Biggest Civic Engagement in Warren County History
The founding partners include: Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mary L. Cook Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, United Way of Warren County, and Warren County Foundation. Other partners are joining every day. For more information, direct questions or inquiries to: Warren County Imagination Library (Warren County Foundation), 118 East Main St., Lebanon, OH 45036 — 513-254-1001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org