What is Imagination Library?
The Imagination Library provides one free book every month to children from birth to age four living in a supported school district. All parents have to do is apply and their eligible child will begin receiving a new book in the mail every month until they turn five.
There are no fees, the books are delivered directly to the child's home, and the child gets to keep them forever.
Why is that important?
Studies show that children who grow up surrounded by books do better in school. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for example, found that reading aloud to children at a young age has a positive impact on brain development.
The National Commission on Reading states that “The single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”
It's the LCPL Foundation's goal to give every child possible the advantage of having books and reading opportunities at home. Parents can get an Imagination Library application at any LCPL location.
We made the paper! Read about the Imagination Library in the Chicago Tribune.
Why do you need donations?
The Imagination Library is free to families because it is funded by the LCPL Foundation in partnership with the Imagination Library. The Imagination Library acquires the books at cost from Penguin Random House, and LCPL is only responsible for shipping fees.
The LCPL Foundation has budgeted enough money to support 2400 children annually; for the rest, we rely on the generous donations of corporate sponsors and people like you who care about the future of Lake County.
Supported School Districts:
LCPL school districts include:
Not sure if you're eligible? Check your address here. Use the "Search by Address" tab and enter your home address to see which school district and library district you belong to.
You can learn more about what districts are and are not part of the Lake County Public Library district here. Still have questions about school districts? Call us at (219) 769-3541 ext. 374.