The Lenawee Community Foundation is celebrating!
This month marks the delivery of the 200,000th children’s book donated since the inception in January 2010 of the Lenawee Imagination Library.
At the foundation, we are delighted to announce that the Lenawee Imagination Library program reaches over 1,600 Lenawee children each year and puts books in their hands and in their homes, and in doing so increases their readiness for school, encourages l love of reading and opens the door to a life of learning.
Research shows that access to print materials, not poverty, is one of the critical variables affecting reading comprehension, and we hope to help children not only experience the pleasure of reading, but also enter the world. school on an equal basis with their peers.
The books in the Lenawee Imagination Library offer a crucial opportunity to overcome obstacles and develop the early reading and numeracy skills necessary for success in school and beyond.
Families receive the books free of charge as the Lenawee Community Foundation pays for the books and delivery. Our partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library gives us great purchasing power, however, the program does not allow us to charge for the books so that all families can receive the books. Books are only $ 2.50 each, or $ 30 per child per year. They include high quality books like “Llama, Llama Red Pajama”, “Goodnight Moon” and “Little Poems for Tiny Ears”.
The total investment of the Lenawee Community Foundation is approximately $ 40,000 each year. Because foundation funds are committed for specific purposes, we must continue to fundraise each year for this program.
Did you know that by working with the Lenawee Community Foundation, every preschooler in Lenawee County can receive books? That’s just over 5,000 preschoolers! There are two ways: a gift today or a gift in the future. A $ 30 gift today will cover the cost of 12 pounds – one per month – for a child for an entire year. You could also consider a donation in your will or a Trust for the Imagination Library, which would be endowed (invested) and then the profits would be used each year to buy books for future generations forever.
Every time one of us makes the effort to make a difference in a child’s life, we become a champion for our Lenawee children who come into our schools ready to read and ready to learn. Join us in our efforts to increase the number of readers.
To learn more about enrolling a child in the Imagination Library or to get involved in this valuable resource for our children, contact Paula Trentman at 517-263-4696 or email [email protected]
Cynthia Heady is Director of Development and External Engagement for the Lenawee Community Foundation. She helps individuals, businesses and organizations achieve their charitable goals for the community.