United Way of the Plains

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

imagination-library-logo-165pxDolly Parton's Imagination Library fosters a love of reading and learning in preschool children by mailing them a free book each month until they turn 5 years old. United Way has been funding the program in south central Kansas since 2011. Since then, over 190,000 books have been mailed to local children.

New enrollments are on hold.
Current enrollments will continue.

Due to increased demand, United Way is not be able to fund additional enrollments right now. Children already enrolled will continue receiving books, but United Way does not currently have enough funding to add new enrollments. As of December 2015, 15,365 children receive a monthly book.
We will post an update on this page when new enrollments are available.

Local enrollments depend on local donations.

The Imagination Library was begun by Dolly Parton in 1998, but is supported locally by community partners such as United Way of the Plains. Therefore, local enrollments depend on local donations.

If you would like to help support this program:

  • Donate online here.
  • Send a check made out to "United Way of the Plains" with “Imagination Library” in the memo line and mail to: 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202.
  • Contact Pat Hanrahan, president of United Way of the Plains, at 267-1321 to find out how to make a larger impact.

Funding for books in this area is provided by:

  • United Way's Legacy Fund endowment
  • Capitol Federal Foundation
  • United Way donations