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Imagination Library

Changing lives, one book at a time. 

Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading. All participating children receive free, age-appropriate books through the mail each month, from birth to age five. In 2009, United Way launched the Imagination Library iniative in western Racine County. It was a perfect fit for United Way's early childhood priority of school readiness and children's healthy development.

In 2016, we expanded Imagination Library to all of Racine County. Currently, over 5,000 children participate in the program, and over 191,000 books have been mailed to Racine County children.


All children through the age of four residing in Racine County are eligible to participate. After registering, the first book, The Little Engine That Could, will take approximately 90 days to arrive at your home. Your child will then receive one quality, age-appropriate book each month until they turn five. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about Imagination Library, or click the box below to register today.

Please notify United Way of Racine County anytime your address changes in order to continue receiving books.

For more information, please contact Joanee Meyerhofer at 262-210-1975.


If your child has participated in Imagination Library and recently graduated from the program be sure to check your mailbox for a postcard. Your feedback is important to us and our United Way donors. Take a moment to share your experience by clicking the survey below, then bring your postcard in to your local Racine County library to pick up a super reader medal!


United Way partnered with the Burlington Area School District to determine how Imagination Library graduates compare with their peers in the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS), a test administered to kindergartners each fall. 
Over the past three years, Imagination Library participants in the Burlington Area School District scored higher, on average, in all six measurable areas, including:
  • Phonological awareness
  • Alphabet knowledge
  • Letter sounds
  • Spelling
  • Concept of Word
  • Word recognition
United Way is looking at similar measurements for students in the Racine Unified School District.

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