Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Community Foundation Launches Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

From Birth Until Age 5, Children in St. Joseph County Can Get a FREE Book Every Month by Mail!

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to St. Joseph County. Through this remarkable early childhood literacy program, any child from birth to age five who lives in St. Joseph County can register to receive a FREE, new, age-appropriate book by mail once a month—no strings attached!

Dolly Parton, the country music superstar and icon, launched the Imagination Library in 1995 to help the children in her home county in East Tennessee. The program now reaches children in four countries and has delivered more than 100,000,000 books to its participants. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.

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

—Online at
—By filling out a paper registration form, which will be 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, the books will arrive monthly until the child's fifth birthday, or until he or she moves out of St. Joseph County.

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.