Imagination Library
Imagination Library
The Project
Rotary Club of Crown Point, Indiana partners with Imagination Library, Crown Point Community Foundation and a District 6540 Grant to provide age-appropriate books to preschool children aged birth through pre-K.
  • Last year we enrolled 200 students, and in the current year we have committed to enrolling 300 students
  • The cost of this project is US $28 per child per year, and US $140 for the full 5 years for one child.
Our local educators and school administration are both very excited about the ability of the program to change lives, and so are we!
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nwibq-logo-2013-red-newsbitsPosted on November 23, 2016 by NWIBQ.COM

CROWN POINT — Two local organizations have come together in support of a community based literacy project.  The Crown Point Rotary Club and the Crown Point Community Foundation contributed $2,500 each allowing 200 children to participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project.  With additional support from Crown Point Rotary, 300 children are now enrolled!

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a literacy based program.  Every month, participating children will receive an age appropriate book, delivered directly to their home, until they reach the age of 5.  This program is FREE to the families – because of the generosity of both the Crown Point Rotary Club and the Crown Point Community Foundation.

“This is a new program for our organizations”, said Katherine Chariton, President of Crown Point Rotary.  “CP Rotary is an active community organization supporting projects like: Shoes for Kids, Rotarian Library and Rebuilding Together of NWI.  This program will interact directly with young families.  We were happy to spearhead this project.”

The Crown Point Community Foundation is involved with financial support for the project as well as serving on the committee as project participant.  Mary Nielsen, President of the CPCF, believes literacy is a huge factor in preparing children for kindergarten.  “In the past several years, the CPCF has focused much attention on literacy projects.  It takes only $25.70 a year to provide one child a book each month.  We are hopeful more donors will get involved.  Our goal is to reach families with children under five.”

The Foundation and Rotary are partnering with the Crown Point Community Schools to identify the first 300 families.  Mary Ann Chapko, Principal of Eisenhower Elementary, is helping to coordinate the project.  Other members of the team are:  Brad Belush, Bette Oesterle and Sue Riester.

For more information on the Imagination Library Project or to sponsor a child, please contact Crown Point Rotary at 219.663.0110. You can make an online gift at: search for the Crown Point Rotary Fund and donate now.


Below is a letter I received from Marian Buchko, the principle at MacArthur School, Crown Point:

Dear Katherine,
Attached is a picture of “some” of the MacArthur students and parents that are part of the Imagination Library program. The students are holding some of the actual books they have received thanks to the Rotary. On behalf of MacArthur School thank you so much for this life changing project. To put books in the hands of students that wouldn’t otherwise have them is such a blessing.

Have a Great Day.


We successfully launched our Imagination Library Literacy Project and have registered 200 children birth to 5 years old of low income families in the program!

The Imagination Library, fosters a love of reading among preschool children by providing them with a free high quality, age-appropriate book every month from birth to the age of five. The program supports early childhood literacy and a life long love of reading by creating excitement about books. The program insures that every child will have access to books, regardless of their family’s income. 

Imagination Library