Have your say on the proposed Imagination Library closure
- What is the Imagination Library? (You are here)
- Why are we consulting?
- Have other alternatives been considered?
- What we will still be providing?
- What is the difference between Bookstart and the Imagination Library?
- Have your say
- What happens next?
- Responses to the Imagination Library consultation
What is the Imagination Library?
The Imagination Library is a book gifting scheme for children. Registered children receive good quality, age appropriate books once a month until the age of five.
The initiative was created by Dolly Parton in the USA and launched in the UK in 2007. Rotherham was the first area in the country to establish an Imagination Library programme. This was introduced to help develop children's communication, language and literacy skills.
The books are free of charge to the family. The scheme is unique as the books are personally addressed to the child and delivered to their home address.
Since 2008 over 28,000 children have registered with Rotherham’s Imagination Library. The current membership is 13,000 children – 81 percent of the borough’s under-five population.