All children in South Central Nebraska, regardless of their family income, should have quality books of their own.

DPIL-LogoThis belief spurred the United Way of South Central Nebraska to create a committee of community leaders dedicated to making this program a reality in our four counties of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster. The United Way and committee members are diligently seeking enough support to establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in South Central Nebraska. The Program will roll out to the public when funding to operate the program for two years is secured. The cost of the program is approximately $28 per child per year. The early literacy program operates on a simple premise: get bright, age-appropriate books into the hands of every enrolled child. The goal is to help develop childhood literacy skills before a child sets foot in a classroom.

What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is all about inspiration and imagination. In 1995, Dolly developed the program so that every preschool child in her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee would have their own library of books that would encourage in them a love of reading and learning. The program was so successful and generated such interest from across the country that, after much thought, Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that will support it.

How Does It Work? Each month, from the day the child is born until his/her 5th birthday, a carefully selected book arrives in the mail. Each book is selected by a committee composed of parents, teachers, child development specialist, librarians, publishers, and others specializing in early childhood literacy. Special attention is given to age appropriateness and the development of such positive themes as promotion of self-esteem and confidence, regard for diversity, and appreciation of art.

Kid ReadingHow Can I Help? The Imagination Library in South Central Nebraska is a program that requires ongoing funding to continue to serve children in the future. Please consider donating today. For more information call (402) 461-8412 or donate online!

How Do I Register My Child? In order to serve as many children as possible, United Way asks that only one child per family be registered. You can begin the registration process below:

Change of Address: If your child’s address changes while they are enrolled in the Imagination Library, you must contact United Way of South Central Nebraska in order to continue receiving a book each month. Please note that the books cannot be forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service. If a child has books that are undeliverable for two months, their registration will be automatically deleted. If you registered with your email address on the Imagination Library website, you may log in and update your child’s current mailing address.  If you need to change your child’s address in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls or Webster County in Nebraska, please call us at 402-461-8412.

If your child does not live in this coverage area, please contact your local affiliate. Contact information for your affiliate can be found by clicking the appropriate link below:

US Affiliate Contact Information
UK Affiliate Contact Information

Frequently Asked Questions

My child doesn’t live in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls or Webster county, but we often visit relatives in the four county area. Can we use our relatives’ address so my child can receive books at their house?
No, the child must live in one of the four counties to be eligible for the Imagination Library.

My child has divorced parents. Can a child receive a book at both homes each month?
No, a child can only receive one book every month. When registering, make an address decision based on where the child resides the most.

I am not the child’s parent, but I am taking care of the child. Can I register the child for the
Imagination Library?
If the child’s primary residence is with you and you live in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls or Webster county, the child is eligible to receive books at your home, and you can register them at any time.

When can we expect the first book to arrive?
A child’s first book arrives 8 to 10 weeks after the registration has been processed by United Way of South Central Nebraska.

What if my address changes while in the program?
Call us at United Way of South Central Nebraska and let us know about your change of address. Phone: 402-461-8412

How can I support the Imagination Library?
You can sponsor a child for one year with a donation of $30. Donations can be mailed to the following address:
United Way of South Central Nebraska
Attn: Imagination Library
301 S Burlington Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901