Through programs like Imagination Library, educators are helping to make sure children build and maintain vocabulary and other skills through reading. Access to books early on creates an interest and love for reading and learning that is proven to help students as they go through school.
Imagination Library was created by the DollyWood Foundation and is managed by the United Way of the Piedmont in Spartanburg and Union counties. United Way also provides funding for the Imagination Library program in Cherokee County.
Parents can sign their children up to receive a book each month until they are 5 years old. The goal of the program is to provide children a chance to get a head start in reading.
The more students have access to books, language and holding books early on, transcends and helps prepare them for school. The familiarity with books, the time and the interest in learning and reading is developed early on and supports that ongoing learning.
Nearly 11,000 children in Spartanburg and Union counties participate in the program, and another 500-600 are on a waiting list. Since its inception here in 2001, Imagination Library has provided more than 1.5 million books to nearly 43,000 children.