United Way Glenelg Initiative

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Increasing access to books in the home gives children more opportunities to build their literacy skills. 

The Imagination Library provides age appropriate books each month to encourage fun engagement between parents/caregivers and children regularly.  A prepared flyer accompanies each book with suggestions to extend the engagement and go beyond simply reading. Receiving a “gift in the mail” every month aims to encourage a lifelong love of reading and improve school readiness. 

United Way Glenelg introduced the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) in 2013 to turnaround critically low childhood literacy rates and improve school readiness in the region. United Way Glenelg currently has over 275 children enrolled across the Glenelg Shire community and over 500 children have graduated from the program.

The purpose of DPIL is;

Build early literacy key skills:
Hearing and playing with sounds, handling a book and turning pages, knowing letters have shapes and represent sounds and the meaning of words are critical for children to develop school readiness.

Support parents to become their child’s first teacher:
Working with parents and carers to build confidence and skills to take on the role as their child’s “first teacher”, educating parents about the importance of early learning, literacy and play as integral to successful entry into school.

Mobilising the Community:
Collaborating with community service providers, health providers and families to develop shared goals, avoid duplication and improve outcomes for families.

Major Partner: Portland Aluminium

Partners: WDEAworks, FRRR, Rotary Club of Portland, Pacific Hydro and individuals who donate through workplace giving. 

Sign your child up to receive the gift of a book each month
Make a Donation

Putting a book in a child’s hand opens a new world to them. While it might seem simple, it’s a proven first step towards much more in a child’s life, sparking curiosity and building family bonds in the early years. 

Help us make a positive impact on the lives of those living in the Glenelg Shire community. Make your secure, tax-deductible donation.​

That’s why the Imagination Library brings the magic of a library into the home, with the gift of a book every month before school begins. Each child in the program receives a real, physical book to keep, and kick start a lifelong love of reading.

Please donate today to help assist children and families living in the Glenelg Shire region to thrive! 

All donations to United Way Glenelg are Tax Deductible.

$9.00 provides a book for one child for one month.

$18.00 provides two books for two children for one month.

$108.00 provides books for one child for an entire year!

$216.00 provides books for two children for an entire year! 

Donate Now

Please donate today to help assist children and families living in the Glenelg Shire region to thrive!  Make your secure, tax-deductible donation.

Donate Now

Help us make a positive impact on the lives of those living in the Glenelg Shire region. Make your secure, tax-deductible donation.