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United Way of Southwest Minnesota sponsors the Imagination Library program for people who live in our service area. To participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in this area of southwest Minnesota, families must live in one of the following school districts: Canby, Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd, Echo, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove or Yellow Medicine East.
Educators have emphasized the fact that reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to help prepare a child for school. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was created to guarantee access to books and to inspire parents to read to their children as much as possible.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is sponsoring Imagination Library in this area so that every child (ages birth - 5th birthday) who is enrolled will receive an age and developmentally appropriate book each month at home. The books are free for each child and every child is included as long as they live within one of the school districts in our service area.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the books or to sponsor a child, you can give specifically for this purpose to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Program sponsorship costs United Way of Southwest Minnesota approximately $30 per child, per year.