Founded by Dolly Parton – Funded by Eugene Public Library Foundation
In September, the Imagination Library of Eugene celebrated its 4th birthday. Four years of providing free books, mailed monthly to Eugene children aged 0–5. The books come straight to their door, cultivating a culture of literacy in our community. The program has grown astronomically! We now serve nearly 4,000 preschoolers monthly, of an estimated total of 8,000 potential recipients.
This is a stupendous number! According to the national headquarters of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we are way ahead of the curve in terms of enrollment. Our advisory board found that of the 11 Imagination Library programs in Oregon, Eugene’s is the largest.
We are proud of our enrollment numbers, of course. But at the same time, we are aware of our need to continually raise funds to support our increase in young readers. To this end, we are not only looking forward to our Spring Luncheon on April 5, an important fundraiser; we are also working on grant proposals to foundations and direct mailings to donors and friends. We also are seeking out ways to welcome enrollment of children coming from lower-income families.
We envision the Imagination Library as a community-wide project to increase literacy at the earliest stages of development. And we appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the Eugene community as a whole. Thank you!
Ellen Todras, Imagination Library Advisory Board