At United Way of Anderson County (UWAC), we are working to develop a local, integrated continuum of services for children starting at birth, which leads to better education outcomes. To foster a love of reading in young children, Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library (http://imaginationlibrary.com/). The Imagination Library is an early literacy program which provides high-quality, age-appropriate books to young children.
Books are mailed directly to the homes of children, birth to age five, at no cost to the family, regardless of income. Studies have shown that the program has many positive outcomes, including increased interest in books, higher vocabularies, more time spent reading with children, and increased parental awareness of their child’s developmental status.
Imagination Library is an important part of the continuum and is the only program of its kind offered in the county. In partnership with the Anderson County Library System, and with local support including the Anderson Area Rotary Clubs, UWAC has offered Imagination Library in Anderson County since early 2010. The annual cost to sponsor child is only $30.