FREE BOOKS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!
(note: Muskegon County is currently open for online registration; Oceana will be online soon! Click here to print a registration card.)
The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library makes reading exciting and fun for your children! Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home, with no cost or obligation to your family. It is a FREE GIFT, made possible by generous donations to United Way of the Lakeshore.
Who is eligible?
Children ages birth through five who are residents of Muskegon or Oceana County. (Note: children signing up should not be turning five within 3 months of application.)
What are my responsibilities?
- Be a legal resident of Muskegon or Oceana County.
- Submit the official registration form or register online. (note: Muskegon County is currently open for online registration; Oceana will be online soon!)
- Notify United Way if your address changes. (Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form on file, so you must update your address in order to continue receiving books.)
- Read with your child - young children whose parents read aloud to them have better language and literacy skills when they go to school.
When will I receive books?
Eight to ten weeks after your form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home, continuing until your child turns five or you move out of Muskegon County.
To learn more about the program, become a financial supporter, or to join our workgroup to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to more kids in our community, please contact Stephanie at 231.332.4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, visit their website here.
Help us get books in the hands of more young readers!
This program is free to families with young children in our community. To make this possible, the cost of the books and mailing (approximately $2.00 per month or $25.00 annually) is covered by local funding. Local affiliates of the Imagination Library have three responsibilities: to pay for the cost of the books, to register the children in their area, and to manage the local database. Through funding by generous donors and facilitated by the United Way of Lakeshore, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available in our community.
You can help! Click the button above to donate and help us get children reading early and reading often!
How Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Got Started in Our Community
Thanks to generous donors like Kathy Evans, the Morgenstern Family, the Muskegon County Great Start Collaborative, and all those who donated through the Nichols "Matching in March" campaign, we are able to bring this wonderful program to families in Muskegon and Oceana counties.
Kathy was awarded the Patricia B. Johnson Award for Community Leadership and Innovative Grantmaking in 2014, which included an Impact Grant from the foundation to the nonprofit of her choice. She chose United Way of the Lakeshore, using the funds to help launch the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in our community. The Morgenstern children and grandchildren made a donation to United Way of the Lakeshore in honor of Richard and Nancy Morgenstern as a Christmas gift that same year. This generous donation was also used to help establish the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. A grant from the Muskegon County Great Start Collaborative rounded out the initial funding to get the Library up and running. With their help, we were able to start a pilot program for children age birth to five in Holton and Muskegon Heights.
In 2017, Nichols generously offered to match up to $25,000 in donations during March is Reading month, raising nearly $50,000 to expand the program!
We are so grateful for the support of those who understand the importance of a program like this for our littlest learners!