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 want to share that passion with young children. Peter Greif joined our team and serves as the IT Department. Julie Hunter and Susan Adams help us stay in touch with families. The program currently registers children in the 20850, 20851, 20877, 20895 and 20903 zip code areas. We have over 600 children enrolled, and another 225 have graduated. We have distributed over 12,000 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

Did you know that the Montgomery County Public Schools has over 161,000 students enrolled? 35.1% of them participate in the Free and Reduced-Price Meals programs (often referred to as FARMS). This translates to close to 70,000 children in our County from birth to five years of age.

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. 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

As summer turns to fall, libraries can offer your child books on many autumn subject - going to school, making friends, changes of the season in nature, Halloween and other celebrations. 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. 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 in 2018:

  • 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