Parton’s Imagination Library
The Imagination Library program was
started in 1995 by Dolly Parton because she wanted every child
birth to five years of age to have his or her own library of
books. Dolly understood the importance of exposing children to
reading at an early age, so she began sending books monthly,
free of charge, to kids in her county. Thanks to a number of
local citizens committed to providing resources that improve
literacy in our community —the Imagination Library was brought
to the families of Putnam County in September 2003.
All Putnam County children from birth to
five years of age are eligible to participate in the book
program, free of charge, regardless of family income.
Books are mailed to participating
children once a month until they reach five years of age. Each
book is age appropriate. The selection of books changes a bit
every year, but several classics will always be included.
Little Engine That Could
is always the first book received, and the final book,
arriving the month of the child’s 5th birthday, is
Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come.
Other favorites include:
The Poky Little Puppy, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Favorite
Finger Rhymes, Little Cloud, The Owl and The Pussycat, and The
Frequently asked questions:
When will the child receive his/her books?
Books will begin arriving at the child's
home about six to eight weeks after registration. The books
will continue to be sent until the child turns five.
Are books available in Spanish?
The Dollywood Foundation selects the book
titles each year, and bilingual books are included for
everyone in the program based on the availability from their
publisher. Most children will receive at least one bilingual
book each year they are enrolled. However, even if a parent
cannot read English, telling the story by looking at the
pictures will increase the child’s vocabulary.
Sounds great, how do I sign up?
Register online with the link below, or visit the
office of the United Way of Putnam County to complete a
registration form. Call for more details. 419-523-4505
How can I help?
The Imagination Library program is funded
entirely by donations. If you'd like to sponsor a child for a
year, donate $27 today! Gifts are accepted to honor birthdays,
anniversaries, and in memoriam.
Support this program via our secure online
Or checks can be
United Way of Putnam County
P.O. Box 472
Ottawa, OH 45875
Note: Make the check payable to “United Way of
Putnam County” with “Imagination Library” on the memo line.
Thank you to our sponsors
We would like to thank the following
organizations for annually supporting the
Imagination Library program at the “Primary
Sponsorship” level. Fraternal Order of Eagles # 2234,
Leipsic United Methodist Church, Ottawa Kiwanis, Putnam County
Optimists, Friends of the Leipsic Library, DRC Holdings Inc.,
Paulding-Putnam Electric Co-Op, and Ronald McDonald House
Charities. THANK YOU!
Register a Putnam County child
Learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination
Library at www.imaginationlibrary.com