At United Way, we believe that every child should have the tools they need to succeed in life – from the very start. Preparing children for kindergarten is one of our top goals and we know that reading with young children is proven to make a difference to their future success. Children who grow up with books in their homes are proven to do better in school and life, and the number of books in their homes directly impacts their future achievements.

Our initiative with Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in Carroll County is now available. This program mails free books monthly to children from birth to age five in participating communities.

Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails free books monthly to children

Through our partnership with Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, any child from birth to age five in Carroll County is eligible to receive a new book in the mail each month at no cost to the family.

Studies have shown that children with 25 books in their home are more likely to complete an additional two years of school than their peers. With Imagination Library, children enrolled from birth have the opportunity to receive up to 60 books by the time they turn five!

This community initiative would not be possible without the support of many community partners such as: Bowerston Public Library, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County District Library, Carroll County Job & Family Services, Carroll County General Health District, Carrollton Exempted School District, Family and Children First Council and many more!



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Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails free books monthly to children from birth to age five. The program, part of Dolly Parton Imagination Library, helps set children up for success by putting books into the hands and hearts of children across the world – so far, more than 130 million books have been mailed to 1.5 million children across the world since 1995.

You can put books in the hands of children right here in our own community of Carroll County. $25 will provide books to one child for an entire year. AND, thanks to matching dollars from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, your donation can go even further!

Why does this matter? Because studies show that a child with books in their home will be more successful in school and jobs, which will contribute to a stronger community.

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