Imagination Library hits milestone

From staff reports

The United Way of Venango County has announced the distribution of 100,000 books to children across Venango and Forest counties through the Imagination Library in an endeavor to foster literacy and ignite young imaginations.

The initiative, the United Way said in a news release, represents a significant milestone in the organization’s mission to provide — free of charge — access to quality literature for children and families.

The Imagination Library, founded by renowned author, singer and actress Dolly Parton, operates with the belief that every child deserves access to books, regardless of their family’s income.

Through support of local sponsors and community partners, the organization has been able to mail out a diverse selection of books to children, aged from birth to 5, since its inception.

The Imagination Library’s impact extends beyond simply providing books, the United Way said. Research has shown early exposure to books and literacy activities significantly contributes to a child’s cognitive development and academic success.

By receiving a new book each month, children enrolled in the program are exposed to a variety of stories, characters and concepts, laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning, the release said.

For more information about the Imagination Library and how to support its mission, visit