Northwest Community Credit Union Expands Imagination Library Reach in Lane County

On Nov. 16, the Eugene Public Library Foundation announced a partnership with Northwest Community Credit Union for a $250,000 gift over five years that will expand Imagination Library to all of Lane County, Oregon.

“Northwest Community Credit Union’s leadership in supporting local literacy is a wonderful gift to families. Through this generous gift, the impact on early literacy will be tremendous,” said Executive Director of Eugene Public Library Foundation Reed Davaz McGowan.

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, all Lane County parents can sign up young children to receive a new book in the mail every month, free of charge. Designed to promote reading and learning, the Imagination Library program serves children from birth through age four. Children “graduate” when they turn five and enter kindergarten.

“When it comes to financial literacy, managing money and being able to create your own financial story as a young adult, you have to have a strong ability to read to ‘open the next chapter’ of your life. That’s why NWCU and our Board of Directors wanted to make a major gift to support early reading,” said President and CEO John Iglesias.

The program currently serves 3300 preschoolers. Each month, approximately 100 new participants are enrolled and an average of 80 graduate. Hundreds of local donors have contributed specifically to support the Imagination Library of Eugene.

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