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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Logo: an open book with a train emerfing from a tunnel of books

Join the Imagination Library

Lake County Public Library is pleased to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to our school districts!

Starting November 1, 2019, children under age five in every LCPL school district will be eligible to participate.

Supported School Districts

The LCPL Foundation has provided the seed money and pledged annual support for as many children as their budget allows. But as the program grows we will need your help to bring books into every child's home.

Make a Donation Online

$100 supports one child for the duration of the program. Every dollar helps - and yes, your donation is tax deductible! Why do we need donations?

(Note: A library card is not required to make a donation! We use the information on your card to send a thank you note, but you can make your donation anonymous by leaving out the library card number if you choose.)

To donate by check: Please make checks out to LCPL Gift Fund. You can bring a check to any library or mail it to 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN, 46410 Attn: Director's Office.

What is Imagination Library?

The Imagination Library provides one free book every month to The books Llama Llama Red Pajama, Last Stop on Market Street, and Shh Bears Sleepingchildren 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.

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:

Griffith
Hanover
Highland
Hobart
Lake Central
Lake Ridge
Lake Station
Merrillville
Munster
River Forest

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.

Parent FAQs

What books are included in the program?

See the full list of books the Imagination Library mails out here!

How do I manage/make changes to my Imagination Library account?

3-5 business days after your application has been accepted, you'll receive an email from Imagination Library with log in instructions. Check your spam folder if you haven't gotten it!

Here is the log in page. You can go here to check your child's status, update your mailing address and email, and see what books are set to be mailed each month and when. 

How long before my child starts receiving books?

You start receiving books 6 - 8 weeks after applying.

I think we missed a book delivery.

Books are usually delivered by the third week of the month, but they can arrive at any point during the month, right up to the last day. 

If you didn't receive your delivery, please contact us and we'll help you out!

Preschool Events
Sat, Jan 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Jan 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 27, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 27, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 28, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jan 30, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Feb 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 03, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 04, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 04, 10:30am - 11:15am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 04, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 04, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 05, 10:15am - 11:15am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Thu, Feb 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Department

Fri, Feb 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Feb 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Feb 10, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 10, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 11, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 11, 10:30am - 11:15am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 11, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Feb 11, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 11, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 11, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 12, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 12, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Feb 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Theatre at the Center - South Shore Arts Gallary

Tue, Feb 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Feb 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 19, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Feb 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Family Events
Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 03, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Sat, Feb 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Feb 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Feb 11, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Feb 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Feb 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Area: Dyer/Schererville