The Results Are In! Imagination Library is a Success!

This fall, Troy-Miami County Public Library surveyed parents of children enrolled in Imagination Library. The responses were overwhelming and re-affirm the positive outcomes of this program. This is what parents have to say about Imagination Library in Miami County. 

Since joining Imagination Library:

·  98 % say their child is more interested in reading

·  90 % say they spend more quality time together as a family

·  96 % say they feel their child will be more prepared for school

·  53 % read to their child more than 1 time/day, a 27 % increase

What Parents are Saying:

· “I know for me, I didn't like to read. She seems to enjoy it, and I'm hoping it sticks with her. Reading was my worst subject growing up, so I'm trying to make sure it's not hers too!”

· “Due to financial reasons, buying books was not a priority for our family! Our daughter is 2, and absolutely loves the books she gets! When a new book arrives, her eyes light up and we get to spend time together reading the book, memories that you can't put a price on! The books we receive not only help our daughter become interested in learning to read, but also helps our family spend quality time together! We are very grateful for this program!”

· “She loves getting the books in the mail. It makes me happy that in a tech driven world she is excited about reading.”

· “My son never let me read to him. He wanted nothing to do with books until he started getting his books in the mail from Imagination Library. Now every month when he sees his new book in the mail box he can't wait to get it inside & look at it. He loves for me to read to him now & he's learning letters and words from reading! We love Imagination Library!”

· “Many of the books encourage development of first words, which is great. We didn't have the books before joining the Imagination Library.”

· “I'm so very pleased with this program. My son LOVES getting something in the mail for HIM. And that's what made him want to check out the books. Whereas before, when I'd just pick up a book and say, "Let's read!" for some reason, he wasn't all that excited. Now we read the book as soon as we get it. He asks his 10-year-old brother to read it to him and his dad and his grandparents. It's a special thing. I love reading and I feel so good knowing that he's enjoying it now, too!”

· “It is a great program for all families. Being a bilingual family and receiving books certainly have an enormous benefit not only for my kids but for all the family helping us to enlarge our vocabulary and learn about the traditions, culture and expressions of the USA.

This program would not be possible without the following donors (listed alphabetically by category):

2015 Literacy Champion--$10,000 or More

The Duke Foundation
The Troy Foundation
United Way of Troy

2015 Book Lover--$5,000 or More

Hartzell Norris Trust @ Fifth Third Bank
Miami County Foundation
Niels & Ruth Lundgard Trust @ Fifth Third Bank

2015 Reader--$1,500 or More

Covington Alumni/Education Foundation
Friends of the Tipp City Library
Friends of the Troy Library
Piqua Area United Way
Piqua Library Foundation
Tipp City Area Community Foundations
Tipp City Area United Way

Please consider donating to this program--for only $25, one child receives books every month for an entire year. Donations can be made to Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy, Ohio 45373. Please put Imagination Library in the memo line.