Racine, Wisconsin (June 25, 2016) – On June 25, 2016, approximately 115 people registered for the Imagination Library program at the expansion event at Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Avenue. Imagination Library provides children birth to age five with free, age-appropriate books by mail each month. United Way began the program in western Racine County in late 2009, and expanded in September of 2015 to include children in the 53403 and 53405 zip codes. The event kicked off the most recent expansion to include children under age five across the entire county.
Imagination Library was created in 1996 by famed country singer Dolly Parton to foster a love a reading in children. The program brings books into the home, and encourages parent/child engagement during the most critical years of development. There are no income requirements, and multiple children within one household are all eligible to enroll. Book selections are rotated on a yearly basis to ensure that younger siblings will not receive several duplicate copies. Currently, 2,323 children have participated in the program and nearly 45,000 free books have been mailed to local children. “Through Imagination Library, United Way is supporting a solid educational foundation for our community’s children and working to build the workforce of tomorrow. Their success is integral to all of our futures,” shared Rodney Prunty, president of United Way of Racine County.
The expansion event included on-site registration, a children’s coloring station and information on local family resources from Racine Unified School District and University of Wisconsin- Extension. Children enrolled at the event received an advanced copy of their first book, The Little Engine that Could, as well as an interactive literacy kit to make reading fun.
For more information or to register online, visit www.unitedwayracine.org/il or contact Imagination Library program coordinator Joanee Meyerhofer at 262-210-1975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.