The Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Washington County. Partnering with United Way, WCPS, the Fletcher Foundation, Mathias Charitable Trust and contributions from individual donors, we currently provide 950 children age birth to five years with a monthly, age-appropriate book. Another 1,900 local children have graduated from the program upon entering kindergarten. While the emphasis remains on children enrolled in WIC, Head Start or other income-based programs, registration is open to all age-eligible children while funds are available.
In June, the Foundation worked with the Hagerstown Area Religious Council, Hagerstown Rotary Club, the Judy Center, OnTrack Washington County, United Way of Washington County and Washington County Public Schools to open the Community Book Warehouse on Walnut Street. The more than 13,000 books at the Warehouse came from the United Way’s annual community book drive and returned books from the Imagination Library program. This free resource gives Washington County residents the opportunity to select five books each visit and agencies one book for each client. Like the Imagination Library program, the purpose of this effort is to increase and encourage literacy in Washington County.