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 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 almost 700 children enrolled, and another 285 have graduated. We have distributed over 12,500 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 there were 66,800 children under age 5 in Montgomery County in 2016?(according to a report issued by Montgomery Moving Forward in January 2018). More than 13,500 babies are born each year. The report also states that "51% of children entering public kindergarten in Montgomery County are NOT kindergarten ready. Achievement gaps start early and students who enter school behind their peers are unlikely to catch up." We need to expand learning opportunities for our youngest citizens, and that's why we're so passionate about the Imagination Library program.

**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

As fall turns to winter, libraries can offer your child many books on changing seasons, winter holidays and other celebrations. What better way to spend some time indoors when it's cold outside than to be sharing a book? 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
  • Sarah Simon
  • PNC Grow Up Great Program has provided supplies for our 2018 Survey.
  • Carole and Matthew Lewis