Sign up your children from 0-5 years for the 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
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 collection of books includes such
titles as The
Little Engine That Could, The Poky Little Puppy, The Tale of
Peter Rabbit, Favorite Finger Rhymes, Little Cloud, The Owl
and The Pussycat, and The Gingerbread Man.
Frequently asked questions:
When will the child receive
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
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
Register online here, or download the registration form and mail it to United Way of Putnam County
PO Box 472, Ottawa OH 45875.
What are some other reading
Reading to your children often encourages
a love of reading and helps them enter kindergarten ready to
succeed. Check out the below resources for more tips on how to
engage your children with their free books!
Born Learning, the
United Way Worldwide early learning resource site.
NAEYC, the National
Association for the Education of Young Children's tips.
PBS, the PBS reading
and writing tips site.
How can I help?
The 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. Primary Sponsorships are
recognized as follows:
$250 – Imagination Library STAR
$500 – Imagination Library PATRON
$1,000 – Imagination Library HERO
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