Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

When did you first learn to read?  Was it before or after you entered school?  Can we help prepare a child to read?  The Westerville Library Foundation Board has taken a bold step to foster an early love of books for children in the Westerville Public School District. 

In January 2016, the Foundation committed to providing $25,000 a year to the Westerville library to improve childhood literacy.  Under the auspices of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, these funds allow the library to enroll children from age 0 to 5 in this nationally established program.  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library mails a book every month to enrolled children until they reach the age of 5.  By the age of 5, a child could have 60 books.  With the cooperation of families, these children are introduced to reading at a very early age.

Today, more than 1,400 children in our district are enrolled in this program.  Will this improve childhood literacy?  By receiving books at home, these children will have a reading advantage!

Additional funds are needed to expand current enrollment.  Your donation is important to us, but even more so to our community where improved childhood literacy will benefit our future in Westerville.  The Foundation is committed to supporting our five-star library.  It is evidence of the five-star community where we live.  Will you consider becoming a partner in this effort?

Your support will directly provide our children with a step-up on reading.  Not only will they become library patrons, but they are also the future workforce in our community.

We look forward to a partnership with you for this life-changing opportunity!


Ron Barrett, President
Westerville Library Foundation Board

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Your gift to the Westerville Library Foundation will help sponsor the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library project which provides a free book mailed each month to the home of a registered child from birth up to age five.

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