Imagination Library

Imagination Library is now available in Forrest and Lamar counties! Our goal is to improve early childhood education by making sure kids have access to books! Imagination Library provides age-appropriate books for children 0-5. Books are mailed monthly to the homes of children signed up for Imagination Library. 
Currently, funding has been secured for children living within the Hattiesburg Public School District. If your child lives outside of this area, you can still receive a year's worth of books for $30. 

How does it work? 

Reading to children before the age of 5 boosts their potential for success when they start school. Imagination Library helps families read together by providing books in the home. Each month, a carefully selected book is mailed directly to the child's home. Recipients can look forward to a new book every month until their fifth birthday as long as they are residents in the Hattiesburg Public School District. Children living outside HPSD can receive books from Imagination Library with a $30 annual donation to United Way SEMS. 

How can you sign up the child in your life?

You can sign up any child in Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and Perry counties by completing this sign up form. If your child lives within Hattiesburg Public School District, they will start receiving books in the mail next month. If your child lives outside Hattiesburg Public School District, United Way SEMS staff will contact you for a $30 donation. It only costs $30 for a child to receive one book a month for a year!

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Hattiesburg Public School Foundation

The Phil Hardin Foundation

The First, A National Banking Association


  Making sure every child is ready to learn by the time he/she enters kindergarten is one of United Way SEMS's goals. Making sure children have access to age-appropriate reading materials is one way to help. If you, your business, club or organization would like to sponsor Imagination Library, please contact United Way of Southeast MS at 601.545.7141.


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