We have a matching Grant, our first! All donations and pledges received by November 30 2019 qualify for the match: $1 for every $2 received!
Making books a Berkeley birthright.
We are a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Affiliate because it is a joyous thing for a child to get a gift book in the mail month after month. And, we believe creating a common core of excellent literature available to any child in a community can strengthen our social fabric. AND: research shows that books in the home increase early literacy and Kindergarten Readiness. Our goal is to saturate our city’s under-5 population with book ownership, then work to get IL programs going in other East Bay cities.
Imagination Library is an incredibly efficient and economical way to deliver excellent books to all children birth to age five in any given population.
Any Berkeley resident child birth to almost age 5 may be registered for our Imagination Library program. The Child, not the parent, is registered. No questions beyond age and address are used to determine eligibility. Parents may donate if they wish, donations and registrations are not connected.
Books from birth at home are the best tools in the best place at the best time to nurture roots of lifelong literacy.