Imagination Library

Every Child Deserves A World Full Of Books

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What is the Imagination Library?

The Imagination Library is an early literacy program being introduced to Routt County by Routt County United Way’s leadership giving affinity group, Women United. The program is available to all 1,350 Routt County children, who are currently between the ages of birth to five. Each child will receive 60 age appropriate books over the course of five years. The books are hand-selected by a panel of early literacy professionals as a program of the Dollywood Foundation. The selection of books even includes two bilingual titles per year.

Why Routt County?

In 2016, statistics for our county revealed that nearly 40% of our children are not ready for kindergarten in literacy. This includes basic reading skills and book handling skills.

How Does The Program Work?

Families enroll their children at birth, or any time after birth through age (e.g., you can sign up your three year old), through Routt County United Way. Every month until age 5, a free age appropriate book is mailed directly to the child’s home with the child’s name on the envelope. The child will have the free opportunity to build their own library with books of their own.

Why Begin So Early?

Books in the home have been consistently proven to be an indicator of a child’s academic success. During the a child’s years of birth to age five, this time is considered a very important developmental period for a child’s brain. Substantial research links the importance of early literacy to children’s future success in school and career. The Imagination Library provides the resources necessary to every child in Routt County in order for them to develop the skill necessary for success. Research also shows between 66% and 75% of families read more to their children after receiving the Imagination Library books. Most importantly, children develop a lifelong love of learning and reading.

How can you help?

  • $25 supports one child for one year, supplying the child with 12 books.
  • $125 supports one child from birth to age 5, supplying the child with all 60 books.
  • $1,250 supports ten children from birth to age 5, supplying each of the ten children with all 60 books.
  • $5,000 supports 40 children from birth to age 5, supplying each of the 40 children with all 60 books.
  • $10,000 supports 80 children from birth to age 5, supplying each of the 80 children with all 60 books.

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Routt County Child Registration Events

Families enroll their children at birth, or any time after birth through age (e.g., you can sign up your three year old), through Routt County United Way at one of the following registration events. Every month until age 5, a free age appropriate book is mailed directly to the child’s home with the child’s name on the envelope. The child will have the free opportunity to build their own library with books of their own. 

Registration Forms will be available at the following community events. 

North Routt

1/18/2018 – North Routt Preschool – 3:30pm to 4:30pm 

Steamboat Springs

1/22/2018 – Bud Werner Memorial Library – 11am to 12pm 

1/23/2018 – Bud Werner Memorial Library – 11am to 12pm

1/23/2018 – Routt County United Way – 4pm to 6pm (Light Refreshments)

1/24/2018 – Bud Werner Memorial Library – 11am to 12pm

1/25/2018 – Off The Beaten Path Bookstore – 5pm to 7pm (Hot Chocolate and Treats)

Hayden

1/29/2018 – Hayden Library – 11am to 11:30am

1/31/2018 – Hayden Library – 5pm to 6:30pm (Light Refreshments)

South Routt

1/18/2018 – Oak Creek: Let’s Dance Building – 10:45am to 11:30am

1/18/2018 – Yampa Preschool – 3:30pm to 4pm

1/18/2018 – Yampa Library – 4:15pm to 6pm

1/23/2018 – Oak Creek Library – 4:15pm to 6pm

Please check back for the addition of future registration events. 

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