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1 MILLIONTH book coming to a shelf near YOU!
Countdown to 1M...December 2022
October 2022
Imagination Library eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
As of September 2022, 📚 979,728 books have been delivered to more than 27,225 children in Erie County.💯💰100% of Imagination Library program funds are raised by support to United Way of Erie County. Learn More and register an Erie County child under the age of 5 in your
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Countdown to 1 Millionth Book!!!
United Way of Erie County is counting down to our one millionth Imagination Library book being received by an Erie County family in December 2022! Thanks to Kara Coleman at Erie News Now, we can hear about one family's involvement in Imagination Library and what that has meant to them. Learn more
Readiness: Not a State of Knowledge, but a State of Mind
What is school readiness? Many believed it was knowing your letter, numbers and colors. New brain research is helping understand what readiness is- a healthy state of mind. Read more
Imagination Library Book Spotlight
Llama Llama Meets the Babysitter
Anna Dewdney

"I have something new to talk about...tonight I will be going out," Mama gently tells Llama Llama. At first glance, Llama feels okay with this. After all, Mama has gone out before and Gram and Grandpa have stayed with hi. But this time they can't.

Someone new is coming over and the more he thinks about it, the more he worries!

He knows he will be miserable...and then the doorbell rings. It's Molly from the ice cream store. What is she doing here? And she has ice cream!

Maybe having a new babysitter isn't nearly as bad as he thought! Watch the read aloud!
Keep Your Family Going This Month!
School Attendance
Did you know good attendance in Preschool and Kindergarten can help your child be prepared to become a reader in Kindergarten and First Grade?

This parent resource from Attendance Works details habits to start now with your child that will set them on a path to success and attendance in school!
Quality Early Care and Education Help is Available!
Erie’s Future Fund wants more children to be prepared for success in kindergarten and life. The Fund provides scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program within Erie County.

Through the federal Head Start program, Child Development Centers offers a free, full-day preschool program to 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children that includes breakfast, lunch, snack, and transportation at select locations. Families can learn more about the Head Start program by calling 814-480-9505 or beginning their enrollment online at

If your family resides in Erie County, has an annual income at or below 185 percent of the poverty level and have a child who will be attending kindergarten in one or two years, your child may be eligible for these scholarships! Learn more about quality early care here.
Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot
Thanks to support from United Way of Erie County, the Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot is now countywide and expanding! Be sure to check out the Erie Family Center for complete information on upcoming Diaper Depot distribution events. Learn more
Help is one call away.

Please remember to dial United Way's 211 helpline when you need help or face times of uncertainty. A trained operator will connect you with information about financial assistance, counseling, food/clothing/shelter, health services, substance abuse and much more! It's always free and confidential.

You can also text your zip code to 898-211 to be helped by 211.
If you are not receiving books, or have a specific question about the Imagination Library please contact Joanna Peters via email or phone (814) 456-2937 ext. 233.