Imagination Library

Changing Children's Lives, One Book At A Tim

When kids can't read, they can't succeed.  Children who struggle with reading and reading comprehension are more likely to have deficits in other subjects such as math, science, and spoken language.  More so, they are at heightened risk for chronic absence and failing to graduate high school.  Studies show young children reading at home with their parents help prepare them for kindergarten success, which then helps them become successful in academic achievement.

What is Imagination Library?

Created in 1996 by famed country singer Dolly Parton to foster a love of reading in children and promote early childhood literacy.  All participating children from birth to 5 years of age receive free age-appropriate books mailed directly to the child's home every month.

Donations are currently being sought to bring this program to Kenosha County.  As a nonprofit organization, we rely on local businesses and community donors to help us make a strong impact in our community. 

For more information on sponsorship, please contact us at or call at 262-658-4104.

Give the Gift of Reading!

You can help make The Imagination Library possible. You can help us to provide free books to children in Kenosha County. For as little as 30 dollars a month, a child in our community can receive up to 12 books at absolutely no cost to their family — thanks to generous donors like you! Please consider sponsoring a child today to help deliver a little magic each month. 

Register your child today!
Eligibility Screening

United Way of Kenosha County's Imagination Library program provides books to Kenosha County children under age 5 currently residing in the following zip codes: 53104, 53170, 53179, 53181, 53192 and 53168. After registering a child, the first book takes approximately 90 days to arrive. If the child will turn 5 within the next 90 days, it is unlikely that they will receive a book due to processing and shipping times. Please answer the following eligibility questions to begin the Imagination Library registration process.

Apologies, the child(s) you're registering is not eligible.

Based on your responses to the eligibility screening above, the child(s) you'd like to register is not currently eligible for Imagination Library. For questions about eligibility and more information, contact Marisa Markowski at (262) 671-2208 or

Parent/Guardian Survey
Bright by Text Registration

Bright by Text is a FREE program in Kenosha for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, and caregivers with children up 8-years-old. After you join, Bright by Text will send you relevant tips about your child’s development, info about local events, and fun activities to try!

United Way of Kenosha County Updates

United Way of Kenosha County sends out regular emails about special events, volunteer opportunities, community news, program updates and more. We would love to add you to our list of recipients!