Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio 

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United Way of Portage County is a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Affiliate

Imagine a world where every child has books...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, they can! The Imagination Library helps set children up for success by putting books into the hands and hearts of children across the world.

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Children who grow up with books are inspired to dream more, do more, and be more! Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, kids in Portage County can receive a free book every month until they’re five years old. Kids may add up to 60 books in their personal library!

Sign your children up today and start building your child’s free personal library!

Imagination Library

About the Imagination Library: Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library for the children within her home county and now has participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland. So far, the program has gifted nearly 130 million books to more than 1,452,000 children since 1995!

About the Governor’s Imagination Library: Ohio First Lady DeWine saw the impact the Imagination Library had in her own family and wanted every child in Ohio to have the same opportunity. In 2019 she established the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, which matches funds to help offset the cost of the program for local affiliates.

Portage County's Imagination Library is brought to the children of Stark County by United Way of Portage County Ohio, Reed Memorial Library, Kent Free Library and the Portage County Library District.

We are proud to invest in our children's future by putting books in the hands of children right here in our own community, where nearly half of the children are below the poverty level. 

Studies show that a child who grows up impoverished is six times more likely to drop out of high school. They are behind before they even start!

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