September 2021
Imagination Library eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
As of September 2021, 📚 864,817 books have been delivered to 25,291 children in Erie County.💯💰100% of Imagination Library program funds are raised by support to United Way of Erie County. Learn More and register an Erie County child under the age of 5 in your
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Immunizations... Is Your Child Up-to-Date for Kindergarten?
Do you know the vaccines your child needs to enter kindergarten? This helpful flyer from the Pennsylvania Department of Health details those needed vaccines as well as vaccines needed for those older siblings entering 7th grade and 12th grade.

Imagination Library Book Spotlight
First Day Critter Jitters
By Jory John and Illustrated by LIz Climo

The first day of school is the start to an exciting adventure your little one gets to join in on! But, being in a new setting without parents can be nerve-wracking for children until they make friends.

First Day Critter Jitters shows kiddos they are not alone! Sloth is worried about getting to class on time, mouse is anxious about meeting the other animals, and bunny is afraid of not being able to sit still in the classroom. It isn't until the teacher shares his nervousness with the class that everyone starts to feel better and know they have each other for support. This funny and captivating story perfectly comforts anyone with similar anxieties. Listen to the read aloud!
Introducing the Raising Readers Calendar!
Tune into these FREE community and online offerings

As we slowly enter the fall season, there are plenty of FREE kid-friendly events for your family to participate in! See what's happening around Erie County in September 2021!

Quality Early Care and Education Help is Available!
Erie’s Future Fund wants more children to be prepared for success in kindergarten and life. The Fund provides scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program within Erie County.

Through the federal Head Start program, Child Development Centers offers a free, full-day preschool program to 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children that includes breakfast, lunch, snack, and transportation at select locations. Families can learn more about the Head Start program by calling 814-480-9505 or beginning their enrollment online at

If your family resides in Erie County, has an annual income at or below 185% of the poverty level and have a child who will be attending kindergarten in one or two years, your child may be eligible for these scholarships! Learn more about quality early care here.
Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot
Thanks to support from United Way of Erie County, the Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot is now countywide and expanding! Be sure to check out the Erie Family Center for complete information on upcoming Diaper Depot distribution events. Learn more
Join our K Ready Erie community!
United Way has launched a Facebook group dedicated to informing Imagination Library and Raising Readers families about free resources and events in Erie County that will have your child ready for each school year! K Ready Erie

Stay Connected!

Great information, resources, reading guides and tips are shared on the Imagination Library for Erie County Facebook page. Be sure to Like and Follow the page to stay up to date and informed!

Important Information

Need help? Don't know where to turn? Just dial United Way's 211 helpline. A trained operator will connect you with information about financial assistance, counseling, food/clothing/shelter, health services, substance abuse and much more! It's always free and confidential. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 to be helped by 211.
If you are not receiving books, or have a specific question about the Imagination Library please contact Joanna Peters via email or phone (814) 456-2937 ext. 233.