Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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Crossroads United Way is proud to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

Placing books in the homes and hands of young children is a proven strategy that helps promote early literacy and early numeracy, key skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Studies show that children who start school with these skills are better able to meet third-grade reading benchmarks, maintain grade-level learning and remain in school. Access to early learning is critical to increasing high school graduation rates, especially for children in low-income and marginalized communities.

The Imagination Library reaches children from birth to age five with FREE, age-appropriate books and supplementary learning activities each month. Through the Imagination Library, children receive their own books mailed directly to them at home.

The Imagination Library is available, for free, to every family in Elkhart, LaGrange, and Noble County with children under five years of age.


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. Give the love of reading to a child in your community.