The Imagination Library of New Mexico

At the request of the Dollywood Foundation, the Imagination Library of Grant County will spearhead the effort to make the Imagination Library available to all of New Mexico’s preschool children.  The Dollywood Foundation will not consider New Mexico a statewide program until every preschool child is eligible to register for this program.  We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’re making good progress.

Our Role

As The Imagination Library of Grant County, doing business as The Imagination Library of New Mexico, we will coordinate efforts to:

  • Encourage the establishment of new affiliates,
  • Support existing affiliates, and
  • Invigorate affiliates that have become inactive.

Click here to see a map of New Mexico that shows our current coverage.  There are, at this writing, 35 active affiliates in the state including 16 on Tribal lands.

We are proud to be the fiscal sponsors for the Imagination Library affiliates in Curry, Harding, Quay and Eddy counties along with the Glenwood area of Catron County and the Moreno Valley in Colfax County. The books and associated startup expenses are being paid for with donations from those counties and with grants from foundations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census by county, about 35% of New Mexico preschool children have an active affiliate in their area and are eligible to enroll in the Imagination Library with over 10,400 children, or roughly 21% of those eligible, receiving a free book each month.  The three main factors limiting the number of children actually receiving books are the rural characteristics of our state, the lack of 501(c)(3) organizations able to sponsor an affiliate in rural areas and the lack of available funding.

Thanks to our encouragement, at least two bilingual books are being mailed each year to children at each age level across the entire country.

How to Get Involved

In order to establish or sponsor an affiliate, you must either be a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization; be associated with one as your fiscal sponsor; or be a school district.  This requirement must be met in order to satisfy the Unites States Postal Service requirement to mail books at the bulk mail rate.

If your city, county or region is not currently involved and you would like to facilitate the creation of an affiliate please contact the Dollywood Foundation at www.ImaginationLibrary.com or us at info@imaginationlibrarygc.org

We look forward to making this great gift available to all preschool children in New Mexico.

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