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Women United event raises awareness for Imagination Library program

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County United Way's Women United launched its Imagination Library program in at the start of 2018. The initiative, which improves early childhood literacy by providing monthly access to books, has gained early momentum with approximately 225 children enrolled in the program to date.

A luncheon to discuss Imagination Library and the Women United effort will be held at noon Thursday, March 1 at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. Keynote speakers will be Danielle Skov and Ann Coon, literary experts employed by Steamboat Springs School District.

According to a 2016 survey, 39 percent of Routt County children are not ready for kindergarten when it comes to literacy. Because books in the home have been consistently proven to be an indicator of a child's academic success, Women United determined that the Imagination Library program would offer the best agent of success to improve early literacy and school readiness in Routt County.

Families, who are Routt County residents, can sign up their children, birth to age 5, for Imagination Library at any time. Within two months of enrollment, monthly, age-appropriate books will be mailed directly to the children at no cost to families.

Parents can sign up at any library in Routt County or at the Routt County United Way office, 443 Oak St. in downtown Steamboat.

The March 1 luncheon is a zero waste event sponsored by Colorado Event Rentals, and anyone interested in learning more about the Imagination Library program or joining Women United is encouraged to attend. Tickets are $20 and include a catered lunch by Rex's Real Food Catering.

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Learn more at routtcountyunitedway.org or email office@routtcountyunitedway.org.