Our Program

Our Story

Imagination Library of Montgomery County, Maryland was started by two friends, Susan Greif and Debbie Pollak, in May of 2015. They share a love of books and reading, and wanted to share that passion with young children. Peter Greif joined our team and serves as the IT Department. Julie Hunter, Dee Koziol, Jill Sullivan and Susan Adams help us stay in touch with families. Jan Hirshberg and Gail Hoelscher tabulated our survey. The program currently registers children in the 20850, 20851, 20877, 20895 and 20903 zip code areas. We have over 700 children enrolled, and another 340 have graduated. We have distributed over 14,000 books since we began. We hope to continue growing the coverage areas as fundraising continues (as we must raise all the funds needed to pay for the books mailed to the children in our program).

News You Can Use

**We are proud of the results of our Fall, 2018 Survey. Results indicate that those families reading five or more times a week since participating in the program goes up from 51% to 66%. 95% of parents think their chldren show more interest in books. Here's a comment that made our day: "My child gets so excited when the mailman brings the new book. Then he asks me to read it to him."

**Mongtomery County Public Libraries have a project called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program is for any child from birth until the child enters Kindergarten. The purpose is to increase early literacy and school readiness by encouraging families to read aloud. Sound familiar? You can sign up at any branch or go to montgomerycountymd.gov/library for more information. For every book you read (yes, repeats count), your child can color in a shell on the tally sheet. Singing a song, doing a fingerplay or reading a poem can also count - it all contributes to early literacy!

Visit Your Local Library

Finally......spring!! Libraries can offer your child many colorful books about spring leading into summer, new baby animals, growing flowers and bushes, along with the holidays celebrated. Sharing a book about spring, then taking a walk outside, reinforces the vocabulary and ideas that books offer. Don't be afraid to ask the librarian for help in choosing. People of ALL ages qualify for a free library card in Montgomery County. CHILDREN'S BOOKS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO OVERDUE FINES!! Use this link for further information: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library/services/registration.html

How Can I Help?

If you know of a business, organization, branch of government or individual who might support our work, please let us know. If someone would like to donate funds, checks made out to Imagination Library MC can be mailed to the address below. We also accept donations via PayPal.

Our Donors

We are also grateful for support from these individuals and organizations:

  • Office of the Montgomery County, MD Executive
  • Montgomery County Council
  • Kelly and Mike Painter
  • Julie and Eric Palakovich Carr
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Dee Koziol
  • Brenda and Rick Robinson
  • Julie and Bruce Hunter
  • Sarah Simon
  • PNC Grow Up Great Program provided supplies for our 2018 Survey.
  • Carole and Matthew Lewis
  • Richard and Debbie Pollak
  • Susan and Peter Greif
  • Dick and Claudia Pavlin
  • Phyllis Castle
  • Mary Yarborough
  • Amanda Roberts
  • metroBethesda Rotary Foundation
  • Carl M. Freeman Foundation
  • Marc Korman
  • The Junior League of Washington
  • St. Paul's Methodist Church Scattered for Service project