Spreading the magic of reading and discovery.
Imagination Library of Louisville was founded in 2016 through a partnership between the Junior League of Louisville, WAVE 3 News, and the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation.
Our co-founder, Bill Shory, had experienced the magic of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through his daughter’s participation in the program while they were living in Tennessee.
After moving to Kentucky and discovering that Imagination Library was not available in Louisville, he and co-founder Laurel Mallory used their connections at WAVE and the Junior League to recruit a small but mighty team of volunteers who started the Imagination Library of Louisville.
Imagination Library of Louisville mails a free, monthly book to children from birth to age five in Louisville to help children develop a love of reading and get ready for kindergarten.
We believe that by improving early education in our community, we can contribute to the lifelong success of Jefferson County kids.
In 2022 we mailed our 100,000th book and we continue to grow. Thanks to recent funding from Louisville Metro Government, Imagination Library is now available to every child under five in Jefferson County!
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