Mission:
To provide equitable access to developmentally appropriate books and increase kindergarten readiness

Vision:
Every child in the Lower Valley has good books in their home before they begin kindergarten

Values:
Community
Collaboration
Equitable Access
Sustainability
 
History:
Imagination Library started in Fruita in 2005 by volunteers and was funded by the Fruita Thrift Shop, mailing more than
72,000 books to children.

 
When the COVID-19 pandemic rocked 2020, the Imagination Library of Denver and integral community partners were able to continue funding the Lower Valley area. 
 
While we are now serving more than 450 children, our goal is to serve all eligible children in Mesa County.

Contact:
Sara Randall, Director
Laura Douglas, Grants & Ops
Pam Morris, Volunteer

Lori Chesnick, Supporter
 
Mailing Address:
Lower Valley Imagination Library 
PO Box 403
Fruita, Colorado 81521 
 
Email: LowerValleyImaginationLibrary@gmail.com
Phone: 720-443-1026

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By the Numbers

  • More than 73,000 books have been mailed in the Lower Valley
     

  • All Mesa County children under 5 are now eligible 
     

  • Lower Valley and Imagination Library of Denver are a team with a small staff and strong volunteers to manage the program
     

  • There are 26 affiliates in Colorado
     

  • The retail cost of 12 books is approximately $230. *doesn't include shipping costs 
     

  • Fruita area Imagination Library launched in 2005
     

  • In 2021, the state of Colorado will become a financial partner thanks to SB20-185
     

  • Colorado is the 7th state to pass legislation creating a statewide program
     

  • More than 16,000 books are mailed to Colorado children each month
     

  • Each affiliate is responsible for fundraising 100% of the program cost
     

  • The approximate retail saving for 72,000 books is more than $1,205,000. 

 

Leadership

Sara Randall

Pam Morris

Laura Douglas

Intern Megan

Abby Landemeir

Imagination Library of Denver (ILD) and supporters pay for 100% of the program costs of the Lower Valley Imagination Library. LVIL is managed by Executive Director Sara Randall, the ILD board of directors, an advisory board. It is funded by individual donations, corporate sponsorships, local and regional grants, and revenue from special events.