The Delavan-Darien School District’s Imagination Library is now open for area children!
The program, supported entirely by donations, offers free books to kids from birth to age 5 who live within the district boundaries.
The local chapter is an affiliate of the national Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, which sends age-appropriate books to rgistered children via US Mail each month. By the time kids age-out of the program, they could have a library of 60 books and will have hopefully developed a love for reading!
The program is free for any children, 0-5, living within district boundaries. Registration froms available by calling 262-233-6762,
To support the program, donations can be made online or to the district office, 324 Beloit St., Delavan. The costs are about $25 per year, per registered child.
The program is proven to show results in other communities that have it. It promotes youth literacy, which is vital to student success and success in adulthood.
Statistics show that if children cannot read by the end of their third grade year, they are at greater risk of dropping out of school, especially if they are in poverty.
A study by the Annie E. Casey foundation showed that 6.6 million children in poverty in the U.S. are at increased risk of dropping out of high school because they can’t read proficiently by fourth grade. Delavan-Darien has about 70% of students from low income families, according to free and reduced lunch program data.
The program does not have income eligibility requirements. It is a great way, then, to get books into the hands of kids who might not otherwise have access to appropriate reading materials.
The district is also hoping to build connections with the students and families who sign up to better prepare young readers before they enroll in 4-year-old kindergarten. This could yield better results for when students are in the classroom later.
Each form can be used to register two children. Use additional copies if necessary.
Return the form to:
Delavan-Darien School District Attn: Imagination Library Coordinator 324 Beloit St. Delavan, WI 53115
What is the imagination library?
Dolly Parton created her Imagination Library in 1996 for preschoolers in Sevier County, TN, to guarantee access to books and inspire parents to read to their children as much as possible.
The Delavan-Darien School District & The Dolly Parton Imagination Library support early learning opportunities for all children birth to age 5 by sending new, age appropriate books to their homes and providing other resources that support early literacy, school readiness, and life-long learning.
Why do we need Imagination Library within the school district?
Educators have emphasized that reading with a pre- school child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school.
Many children are not ready to succeed in kindergarten, and those who have not developed some basic literacy skills prior to entering school are 3 to 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
By age 3, a child’s brain reaches 85% development, yet we spend 85% of our education funding after this age. There are very few programs to aid in early childhood learning, but Imagination Library can help!
How does it work?
From the day they are born, children who register for the program receive a book every month until their 5th birthday.
Preschoolers currently living in the community may enter the program at any time and begin receiving an age-appropriate book every month until age 5.
Families with preschool children who move into the area are eligible to register and become part of the program.
Participating families who move out of the community will exit the program at that time.
If a family has more than one preschool age child, each child may participate and receive their own library of books.
A committee of individuals from education, child development, academia, and early childhood literacy select the books for Dolly’s Imagination Library.
The children’s classic The Little Engine that Could is the first book of each library and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate is the final book in the collection.
How can I help the program?
As an individual or business, you can be part of the solution! The cost is ~$25/child each year and there are 1,300 children under age 5 in Delavan and Darien. The school district is accepting donations for this program to ensure every child has access to this opportunity.
Help us get the word out about this new program to businesses, individuals, and children under age 5.
Make checks payable to “Delavan-Darien School District” and include “Imagination Library” on the subject line. Mail to or drop off at: School Administration Center Attn: Mike Heine 324 Beloit St. Delavan, WI 53115
Sponsorship opportunities are available in which donors will be recognized publicly, such as on our Imagination Library Website, speaking events about the program, social media blasts, etc. For more information contact: