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Our Vision:

Every child in Washtenaw County enters school ready to succeed.

What is Imagination Library?

imagination-logoDolly Parton's Imagination Library brings books to children's homes. Each month, from birth until they turn five years old, children enrolled in the program will receive a new, quality, age-appropriate book mailed to their home. This means that by the time they enter kindergarten, children will have their own library of books and be more prepared to enter school and become readers.

Washtenaw Imagination Library is made possible by Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative with the generous financial support of our donors, especially Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Who is Eligible?
Currently in Washtenaw County children who live in the 48197 and 48198 zip codes and are less than five years old are eligible for Imagination Library.

How Does the Program Work?

Once your child is enrolled, he or she will receive one book per month mailed directly to your home. The first book will arrive approximately 8-10 weeks after enrollment. These books have been specifically chosen to capture the interest of children throughout their early years and to provide opportunities for parents and children to spend time reading and learning together.

It is important to notify Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative at (734) 994-8100, ext 2178 as soon as possible if your child's address changes. This will help ensure that he or she does not miss any books. If you are moving out of the 48197 or 48198 zip codes, we can look to see if there is an Imagination Library program in that area.

What are My Responsibilities?

  • You must be a resident of Washtenaw County, live within the 48197 or 48198 zip codes, and have a child between the ages of 0-5.
  • Call Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative at (734) 994-8100 ext 2178 to sign up.
  • Notify Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative if your child’s address changes.
  • Read with your child. 10 Tips for Reading with your Child

How do I Sign a Child Up for Imagination Library?

If your zip code is 48197 or 48198 and you have a child between the ages of 0 and 5, please call Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative at (734) 994-8100, ext 2178.

Please have the following information available:

  • child's full name
  • date of birth
  • mailing address

Help Provide Free Books to Young Children in Ypsilanti

The Dollywood Foundation obtains Imagination Library books at a great discount so that the program is free to participating families. However, local support is required to sustain this program in the community. Please consider sponsoring a child or two. It costs just $25 to provide a child in Ypsilanti with a year of free, hard-cover books. In 2013, 17,527 quality children's books were distributed to approximately 1,396 children. If you are interested in helping Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative offset some of these costs, please contact us at (734) 994-8100, ext 2178. Thank you!


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