Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enables United Way of Northwest Louisiana to send a new high-quality, age-appropriate book each month to a child’s home at no cost to the family. If enrolled at birth, a child can receive their own personal library of 60 books. Research has shown that the number of books in a child’s home is significantly linked to reading scores – the more books, the better the score. For this reason, United Way of Northwest Louisiana wants to help more children have access to books in their homes to help with their language and literacy development, giving them the proper tools to be successful in school and later in life.
Who is Eligible for FREE Books?
Preschool children from birth until their fifth birthday are eligible.
Must live in the 71004, 71006, 71064, 71103, 71106, 71109, 71111, 71112 zip code or any zip code in DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine or Webster Parishes.
What Are My Responsibilities?
Complete a registration form online or in person.
Notify United Way of Northwest Louisiana if the child’s address changes.
Read with your child.
When Will My Child Receive Books?
Approximately eight weeks after your registration is approved, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the designated zip codes.
AUDIO & BRAILLE
An ever-expanding collection of titles from the Imagination Library are available as free downloadable children’s audiobooks, and the equipment for listening can be loaned through the National Library Service (NLS) Talking Book program. In addition, your child can be enrolled to receive several Imagination Library books in braille from the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. These are offered free of charge to eligible families and may be purchased at a low cost by all others.
SUPPORT THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY
join the united way book club
You have the power to place more books in the hands and homes of children by aiding our efforts to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and keep it available right here in Northwest Louisiana.
Currently, it takes approximately $250,000 to keep the Imagination Library where it’s currently offered. Additional funding is needed to expand the program throughout our entire 10-parish region. Join our Book Club today by making a gift to support the Imagination Library. A contribution of $50 has the power to sponsor a child in the program for one year.
Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, which is why we must ensure every child has the proper tools for a successful future.