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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

$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.)

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?

 

• 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
Mon, Dec 16, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Dec 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Dec 16, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Dec 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Dec 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

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

Tue, Dec 17, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Dec 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

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

Tue, Dec 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Dec 18, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Dec 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Dec 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Dec 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Dec 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

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

Tue, Dec 31, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Dec 31, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jan 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Area

Fri, Jan 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 06, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 06, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Please contact the library to register for this event.

Tue, Jan 07, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 07, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 07, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 07, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jan 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jan 08, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jan 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

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

Mon, Jan 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 13, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 13, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 13, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jan 13, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Please contact the library to register for this event.

Mon, Jan 13, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 14, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 14, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jan 14, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago

Tue, Jan 14, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 14, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 14, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Family Events
Mon, Dec 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Dec 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Dec 19, 10:30am - 12:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Dec 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library - Children's Area

Sat, Dec 21, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Mon, Dec 23, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Dec 23, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Dec 23, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Dec 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Dec 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Dec 31, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jan 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jan 09, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

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

Tue, Jan 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room