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Over 1,500 books gifted to local children!

Since starting in 2016, Imagine Nation has gifted over 1,500 books to children living in Hastings and St. Leonards. To read about some of the ways Imagine Nation books are benefiting children and families, click here

Bringing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Hastings and St Leonards

Imagine Nation is a charity based in Hastings and St Leonards (East Sussex), where attainment levels among children are statistically below the national average.

Imagine Nation was set up by a group of local parents, grandparents and a teacher who wanted to help local children to thrive educationally.  After a year of research, this group concluded that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library successfully encourages children to fall in love with reading from a young age, thereby increasing the chances of later academic success.

Imagine Nation works with Imagination Library to provide books to local children, aged 0-5.  Each child signed up to the scheme receives one book per month, posted through their door. Each child receives up to 60 books. The books are carefully selected so that each is appropriate to the child’s stage of development.

Imagine Nation has raised funds and works in partnership with local organisations to provide Imagination Library books to children at Turner House in St Leonards on Sea. Imagine Nation also provides books to children signed up via the Fellowship of St Nicholas’ PACT programme. Imagine Nation is now working to raise funds to provide Imagination Library books to all children in Hastings and St Leonards on Sea.