Monday Night Book Club Backs Imagination Library Program

CUMBERLAND MD – The Imagination Library of Allegany County is celebrating their 10th birthday later this year with long-time partners that include the Allegany County Board of Education, the Allegany County Library Systems, Allegany County HRDC, County United Way, the Community Trust Foundation, and the YMCA.

Currently, 1,939 children receive free, age-appropriate books each month. A total of 3,654 children have graduated from the program, receiving 215,392 books distributed over the history of the local project.

In honor of the Imagination Library of Allegany County’s 10th birthday, the local Monday Night Book Club presented a donation to the program. The local book club was formed in 1998. At their regular meetings, members donate $5 each and then decide on an organization to support as the fund grows to a useful amount. When CUW Director Michele Walker recently attend a Book Club meeting to explain the Imagination Library program, first created by country music star Dolly Parton, she received a $300 contribution to the program from the club.

The gift will allow ten children to receives books for one year. All children in Allegany County from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible to receive books from the program. To register a child, contact CUW at 301-722-2700 or visit, click on “check availability” and follow the directions.

Pictured are book club members: Angie Fetchero, Heidi Buser, Wendy Hannon, Mary Ann Reinhard, Parika Andreassen, Anita Rozas, Kathy Geatz, Sue George and Sally Buser. Absent was Chris McCagh Herring. Michele Walker, Executive Director for County United Way and representative for the Imagination Library of Allegany is shown receiving the check.