Imagination Library

A young mother reads to her toddler and baby by lamplight

A Free Book Every Month

Children who are read to during the first years of life are much more likely to learn to read on schedule -- and there are many other benefits, too.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library helps families develop children’s early literacy skills by providing free, high-quality books to children ages 0–5. A new, age-appropriate book arrives each month by mail. Children and parents read together, fostering a love of reading and building language and pre-literacy skills.

Sign Up!

Rice Area United Way sponsors and administers Imagination Library in the Rice County area. The program is free to families of all income levels who live in these communities: Faribault, Northfield, Dundas, Dennison, LeCenter, Lonsdale, a Kilkenny, Montgomery, Morristown, Nerstrand, Warsaw and Webster.

To register a child for Imagination Library, contact Rice County Area United Way.

To find out if Imagination Library is offered in another region, use Imagination Library’s Find My Program  tool.

Lasting Impact

By providing age-appropriate books each month, Imagination Library:

  • Increases young children’s access to books
  • Provides a print-rich environment
  • Fosters parent-child reading
  • Drives pre-literacy skills
  • Introduces shapes, colors, letters, numbers, and concepts

The program has a permanent, long-term impact and meets an important community need. We are proud to reach as many kids as possible by collaborating with organizations including local school districts, hospitals and clinics, ECFE, the Northfield Area Family YMCA, and Rice County Public Health. If you would like a supply of Imagination Library brochures, please let us know.