Community Foundation Announces Photo Contest Winners

More than 100 adorable Imagination Library Photos were entered

2021 contest winner Verniqua Malone

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is delighted to announce the winners of its third annual Imagination Library Photo Contest. The contest, which was open to any families currently participating in the Imagination Library program in St. Joseph County, asked for photos of enrolled children enjoying the free books they receive through the program.

The Community Foundation received more than 100 entries, all of which were excellent. The following 12 entries were recognized as particularly outstanding and each was awarded a $25 Amazon gift card:

  • Brooke Bowman
  • Irma Jazmin Charmat
  • Verniqua Malone
  • Tom & Tricia Walters
  • Laura Horvath
  • Kenya Mitchell
  • Holly Hoang
  • Shannon & Joseph Garrastegui
  • Katrina Conrad
  • Kelsey Bueno
  • Jacquelyn Hofflander
  • Molly Kolecki

All of the winning photos can be viewed on the Community Foundation’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

What is the Imagination Library?

Through this remarkable early childhood literacy program, any child who lives in St. Joseph County can receive a FREE, new, age-appropriate book by mail once a month, from birth until they turn five—no strings attached!

There are two ways to register a child for the Imagination Library in St. Joseph County:

  1. Online at
  2. Filling out a paper registration form, available at any library in St. Joseph County

Once a child is registered, he or she will receive the first Imagination Library book within seven to nine weeks through the US mail. After that, a book will arrive every month until the child’s fifth birthday, when he or she “graduates” from the program. Since the program began in May 2018, more than 15,000 children in St. Joseph County have enrolled in this free program.

The Community Foundation thanks the sponsors of this program, including Nancy S. Rosenstock, Jon & Sonja Laidig Foundation, The Wiekamp Foundation/Julie & Jim Schwartz, William & Kathryn Shields Fund, The Frank Family Fund, Charles and Anne Hillman Family, University of Notre Dame, African American Community Fund, The Linda and Bipin Doshi Family, the James M. & Marjorie H. Wilson Family, and Family & Children’s Center Foundation.

Published: May 5, 2021
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