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.
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.
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.
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.
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 locations. 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.
Please be aware of the eight to ten week processing period for new registrations. Children who are registered by the 25th day of the month will received their first book within ten weeks from the registration date. For example, registrations submitted by February 25th will receive book by April 31st.
Registration can also be completed by Clicking Here.
Registration Forms are available at the following locations.
North Routt Preschool
Bud Werner Memorial Library
Routt County United Way
Off The Beaten Path Bookstore
Oak Creek: Let’s Dance Building
Oak Creek Library
Please check back for the addition of future registration locations.