Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is in the Max School District, which includes the communities of Max, Benedict, Douglas, Ryder, and Ruso. The Imagination Library is an early literacy program created by Dolly Parton in 1995 to provide free books to preschool age children. Each month, from birth until his or her 5th birthday, each enrolled child receives an age-appropriate book in the mail. The books are selected by a national panel of early childhood specialists.

One of the most important things parents can do to help develop early literacy skills is to read with their children. Learning to read is a process that begins at birth much like learning to speak or learning to walk. Children must learn how a book works—reading left to right and turning pages. They learn to associate pictures with words and letters with sounds. These are all steps along the way to learning to read.

The cost of the program is approximately $25 per child per year ($2 per book). We have received funding through United Way, McLean Mercer Regional Library, GAIA, Max Over 55 Club, and individual community members. We are looking for additional financial support to continue the growing Imagination Library.

100% of funds received go directly toward the cost of mailing books to children in the surrounding communities that live within the Max Public School District. Donations of any amount are appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mary Roller at 679-2685 or Amy Hauf at 679-2263.

Imagination Library


Pre- School Story Time

Preschool Story Time  :

Story Time will be held at 10:30-11:00 on the fourth Monday of the month, September- April.  The date will be chosen around school holidays or any other community event to better fit the needs of the community. If you have any questions about story time dates, please call the library at 679-2263.

September 26th

October 24th

November 28th

December 26th

January 23

February 27th

March 27th

April 24th

Libray Board Members

Brittney Larson- President
Gina Bradfield- V President
Kimberly McKinley – Treasurer
Nyssa Stroschein- Secretary
Shawn Fritel – City Council

Free State Park Passes Available Through Your Library
The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and North Dakota State Library have expanded their State Park Pass Library Loan Program. Through this program, library patrons can check out a pass providing entrance to any North Dakota state park, effectively waiving the $5 daily pass fee. The lending period for each pass is 7 days, with a limit of 1 pass per household.
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