Imagination Library

Enroll the newest member of your family in the Imagination Library

Reading to your child at an early age not only helps prepare them for school but promotes family bonding. That’s why every baby born at Providence is given the opportunity to enroll in the Imagination Library program for free.

Imagination Library encourages parents and caregivers to introduce their children to reading as early as possible by mailing a free, high-quality, brand-new book each month to children from birth to age 5. The first book for every child is “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.

“In 2009 and 2011, University of Alaska Anchorage researchers found that parents of children in the program longer than one year read with their children more often, reported their children had more books, and said their children were more enthusiastic about books and reading,” said Abbe Hensley, executive director, Best Beginnings. “They also felt their children were better prepared for school.”

National research has repeatedly shown that children who are read to do better at school, increase their vocabulary at a faster rate and have higher test scores than their peers with a smaller vocabulary. Literacy advocates have tracked similar progress across Alaska.

How to sign up

A Providence volunteer will visit your room during your stay to sign up your family or you may ask your nurse for a registration form. If you did not get a chance to sign up while in our care, call Volunteer Services 212-8415.

Imagination Library is a program of Best Beginnings, an Alaska-based public-private partnership. For more information, visit​