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This program could not happen without the support of many people and organisations within our community.  United Way Ballarat would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their on-going support.


– H & L Hecht Trust

– Percy Baxter Charitable Trust


Tanya Daniels, proprietor of The Good Guys Ballarat says: “The Imagination Library is such a great idea.  Our staff and customers are all about supporting the local community.  Reaching out to children to help shape their futures and give them a positive start in life is so important.  Our customers have helped us to support this fund and we’re grateful they have chosen to shop at The Good Guys.”











In 2013 and 2014 people entering Run Ballarat  had the opportunity to raise funds for The Ballarat Imagination Library


  • Centacare
  • Child and Family Services (CAFS)
  • Uniting Care
  • Ballarat’s Community Houses
  • The Salvation Army – Karinya
  • Link-Up  – Young Parents Program
  • Berry Street
  • City of Ballarat Maternal and Child Health
  • Department of Human Services

What is the Ballarat Imagination Library?

posted by United Way Ballarat, 02 Nov 2017

United Way Ballarat is partners with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide children in Ballarat an age appropriate book, each month, for the first five years of their life? The Dolly Parton Imagination Library delivers over 1 million books each month to young readers around the world, with the aim to engage young children …read more


Front Page News!! 100,000th Imagination Library book delivered

posted by pmckee, 25 Nov 2016

When Rieley Glasson was just a tiny baby, the Ballarat Imagination Library was introduced.  The program, administered by United Way Ballarat, delivers free, brand-new, age-appropriate books to children in the Ballarat area to develop a love of reading and improve school readiness.  Through the generosity of local people who sponsor the program, Rieley was one …read more


Ballarat Imagination Library – Update

posted by pmckee, 21 Jun 2016

After two and a half years of the Ballarat Imagination Library in Ballarat, we have mailed 9, 788 books to local children, giving them the opportunity to develop a love for reading and readiness for school.   Some other statistics are below: 445 Children currently receiving Ballarat Imagination Library books each month   145 Children …read more


Ballarat Imagination Library at Springfest

posted by pmckee, 21 Dec 2015

The Ballarat Imagination Library again provided a reading corner and book swap as part of the Children’s Wunderfest area at the Springfest Market Day. The area also hosted: The Ballarat East Men’s Shed, who helped children create wooden plant holders The York Street Church of Christ, who helped children create Christmas cards Masters, who helped …read more


Tip Sheets July, August, September

posted by pmckee, 22 Sep 2015

 SEPTEMBER 2015 TIP SHEETS Books Include: Peepo, Peppa Pig Georges First Day, Slinki Malinki Early Bird, Who Sank the Boat, Mister Seahorse and The Bunyip of Berkerleys Creek AUGUST 2015 TIP SHEETS Books include: My First Truck, My Little Carry Books Tractors, Hippopotamus Eating Cake , Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Wanted The Pefect Pet and The-True-Story-of-Three-Little-Pigs JULY 2015 TIP …read more


223 More Children to receive books

posted by pmckee, 10 Aug 2015

A significant new funding stream for United Way Ballarat’s Imagination Library was officially announced on Thursday night, July 23. A major contributor to many of the issues facing our community is low literacy.  Tackling that issue at the grass roots, by providing the means for families to embrace reading from birth, is the aim of the …read more


June Reading Tips 2015

posted by pmckee, 17 Jun 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the June Books.


Book nook and swap on again at the Rug Up Ballarat winter festival

posted by pmckee, 03 Jun 2015

The Rug Up Ballarat winter festival is on again 20-21 June, 10.00am – 4pm at the Mining Exchange. The Ballarat Imagination Library will feature again in a cosy corner where children can sit and read a story with their parent. Children can bring a book to swap for another or even just select a book …read more


Will you help turn the statistics around?

posted by pmckee, 03 Jun 2015

Did you know that nearly 49% of people over 15 in Ballarat are unable to read beyond the level of around grade 4? That means that in a world full of forms, and so called “fine print” 49% of our community are not able to clearly understand the meaning of what they may be signing. …read more


May Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 28 May 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the May books.  


April Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 13 May 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the April books.  


March Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 18 Mar 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the March Books.


February Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 23 Feb 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the February Books.


January Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 05 Feb 2015

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the January Books.


December Reading Tips

posted by pmckee, 18 Dec 2014

 Click on the images below to download tip sheets for the December Books.  




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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