HOW IT ALL STARTED
Country music legend Dolly Parton created the first Imagination Library in 1995, to address low literacy rates in her home state of Tennessee. Since then, the program has spread throughout Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia.
The Rendezvous Rotary Club of Whitehorse launched the Yukon Imagination Library in 2007, in partnership with the Yukon Literacy Coalition. Over the past decade this program has provided thousands of books to local families and encourage a love of literacy at an early age.
The Yukon Imagination Library must fundraise to continue providing this program to Yukoners. The Yukon Government will match each donation dollar we receive, up to $50,000 per year.
In 2015, we partnered with the Yukon Indian Development Corporation and the Carmacks Development Corporation to bring the book “Lessons from Mother Earth,” written by Elaine McLeod of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation, to Yukon families. With the support of our partners, sponsors, and volunteers, the program has grown over the past decade. Today more than 1,500 Yukon children receive books each month.