August 2020
Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
United Way is pleased to announce we have surpassed the 750,000 books mailed milestone as of August 2020. In total, 22,898 local children have been served through this program. 📚 754,843 books mailed 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 life:
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How to look for the helpers (and be one!) during coronavirus
By Kayla Craig for PBS Kids:

The coronavirus continues to affect families’ lives and alter daily routines. Like many parents, I’m learning how to navigate these unexpected times right alongside my four young children. Curious in nature, they’ve looked to me to help guide them.

When I recently found myself at a loss for words when explaining COVID-19 to my children, decades-old wisdom from Fred Rogers came back to me: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” Read more from PBS Kids
Erie's Future Fund Scholarships Available
Did you know United Way supports Erie's Future Fund Scholarships? Administered by our friends at Early Connections, Erie’s Future Fund financially assists families in preparing their children for kindergarten by providing a scholarship to attend quality programs throughout Erie County.

If your child has up to two years before they enter kindergarten and qualifies for the Erie’s Future Fund scholarship, they will be able to attend an approved high-quality Early Childhood Education Program for 3 full days or 5 half-days a week! Learn more at or contact Kim Beers, Scholarship Director at (814) 874-0144 ext. 15.
Imagination Library Book Spotlight
Has the moon ever followed you home at night?

Max loves his grandpa. When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa reminds Max that the moon above them at Grandpa’s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. And on that swervy-curvy car ride back home Max smiles as the moon tags along, thinking of Grandpa. But when the sky darkens and the moon disappears behind clouds, Max worries that it did not follow him home after all. Yet when the clouds part and light streams through his window, he realizes that Grandpa was right—the moon was with him all along.

Watch a read aloud of this book with Author Floyd Cooper!
Accompanying Activity for this Book: Sensory
Aluminum foil helps bring the moon to life for your little one in this sensory activity.

An additional activity that goes along with this title comes from This easy to make recipe allows your little one to explore moon sand here on earth!

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
Macaroni Kid Summer Guide
This summer might be a bit different than those in the past, but that doesn't mean we can't find plenty of summer fun in Erie, Pa.

Check out Macaroni Kid Erie's Summer Fun Guide that has loads of ideas so you and your kids can make the most of these summer days in Erie.

Kindergarten Registration - Check with your School District
Registering your child on time for kindergarten is so important!

But, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many districts are adjusting their registration schedules and may be in touch with you about adjustments to deadlines.

United Way encourages you to reach out to your school district for the most up to date information regarding kindergarten registration for your child. Check out our Kindergarten Registration webpage for contact information and websites for each school district in Erie County.
Upcoming Free Events & Storytimes
While staying home, tune in to these FREE community offerings

Thursdays through August 13
Little Mates, Ahoy! with the Erie Maritime Center
The Erie Maritime Museum is offering a new and FREE virtual summer camp program, Little Mates, Ahoy! The process is simple. The Center posts a weekly activity every Thursday to their Facebook page through August 13. Simply follow the directions and complete each activity. Once done, send the Maritime Center's Educator an email with a photo proving its completion. If all 10 are finished, your Little Mate will be sent a signed certificate and "sworn in" as a Junior Mate aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara! To sign-up, please email Learn more

Asbury Woods Free Family Events
Free family events at Asbury Woods during the month of August! Registration is required. Learn more

PLAYtime - LIVE with the Erie Playhouse
PLAYtime is on Facebook. Tune in with Ms. Trish, Ms. Karen, Miss Maeve and Ms. Kate for fun with familiar PLAYtime faces! Learn more

Erie County Public Library
The Library is streaming various story times on their Facebook page! Learn more

Macaroni Kid Erie
Our friends at Macaroni Kid have updated their Events page with virtual events and fun activities to do while at home with your children. Learn more

Storyline Online
Dozens of wonderful stories are read aloud by celebrities like Betty White, Viola Davis and even Oprah via the Storyline Online YouTube channel. Learn more

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!

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.