The Dolly Parton Imagination Library began in 2008. “[The Imagination Library] is a way for children to develop their love for reading” explained Tara Panasewicz, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Kenosha County. This program provides free, age appropriate books to be mailed to a child within a qualifying zip code monthly. In addition, the United Way also offers programs, like book clubs, to coincide with the Imagination Library.
Panasewicz shares that since 2008 more than 915,000 children have taken part in the national program. According to the United Way of Kenosha County, studies have found that “children participating in this program for two or more years are 30% more likely to be ready for Kindergarten than those not participating.”
Panasewicz beamed regarding the United Way, “we fight for health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.” Seeing that this program is of deep value, the United Way of Kenosha County is committed to bringing it to Kenosha.
A pilot for western Kenosha is being planned, where 1,602 children may be eligible according to the Census. After the initial pilot, they plan to expand the program across Kenosha County.
The United Way of Kenosha County has estimated that the annual child program cost will be $30 for every child enrolled. Due to this cost, they are seeking financial sponsors to help bring this program to Kenosha. If you are interested in learning more about the Imagination Library or becoming a financial sponsor, please contact Tara Panasewicz the Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Kenosha County, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How You Can Help
Anyone can help provide valuable reading opportunities to Kenosha County’s youth. Consider doing so by: