Dolly Parton's Imagination Library



We all know the importace of early childhood development, but not all families have access to the tools or resources they need for their children to have a successful start. For example, 88% of children who are not reading by kindergarten still struggle with language skills in grade 3. Oshkosh Area United Way is committed to childhood development and has made Dolly Parton's Imagination Library availbale to all families in the Oshkosh area - free of charge.

The Imagination Library mails each child a book every month from birth up until 5 years old. These high-quality books are chosen by experts in the education and writing field and are based on the child's age to encourage the love of reading before they head off to school.

The goal is to foster a love of learning in children, making the experience fun and meaningful. Since its inception in 1995, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has grown to be available in over 1,600 local communities and sends free books to over 1 million children.

Children in the program love getting a book in the mail every month: It's personal, has their name on it and comes straight to their home.


  • Child must be age 0 to 5
  • Resides in one of these Oshkosh area zip codes: 54901, 54902, 54903, 54904, 54906, 54927, 54963, 54964, 54980, 54985

How to Register

Oshkosh Area United Way
21 W. New York Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

  • ​Stop by our office to pick up a form

Consider a small gift to support the Imagination Library. A donation of $40.00 provides one child monthly books for an entire year.

To donate, click here.










Special thanks to our community sponsors:
  • Robert W. and Susan T. Brown Family Foundation
  • Mid-Morning Kiwanis of Oshkosh