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Explore this page to find out some ways to donate money or books to Reading Ready Pittsburgh

$35 supports one child for one year of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL)


$110 enables us to purchase a new initial bookbag for one child and family


$250 covers a whole “refresher” set for a classroom: new books, bags, and blue library bags


$2,500 buys new Raising a Reader materials for an entire preschool classroom—a gift that will serve them for years to come.

Every contribution makes an enormous difference to us. Thanks to donors like you, Reading Ready Pittsburgh can help hundreds of families develop, practice, and sustain home literacy habits to ensure all children thrive.

Donations made by check should be

payable to Reading Ready Pittsburgh and mailed to:

Reading Ready Pittsburgh

PO Box 81111

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Workplace Giving

Support Reading Ready Pittsburgh through United Way's Contributor Choice Program

Our USWSWPA contributor choice code is 19907484

​Dolly Drive Fundraiser

Interested in starting a fundraiser for Reading Ready Pittsburgh
at your school, workplace, social club, or place of worship?
Consider a Dolly Drive!

What is it?

The Dolly Drive is a monetary campaign that specifically raises funds for our
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) programming.

What is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library?

From their website: "Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child."

Where exactly is your money going?

While the books are free for children, hosting the DPIL costs Reading Ready Pittsburgh $35 per child per year.  When you have over 6,500 kids enrolled, that figure really adds up!  Your donation of $35 will entirely fund a full year of books for one child in the city of Pittsburgh and the Mon Valley Area.

Email Mark at

for more information and promotional materials to pass along!

Reading Ready Pittsburgh will gladly take your new and gently used children's books to give away in our bookstore!

It doesn't matter if it's one book or one thousand books, we will take them as long as they are in acceptable condition; not offensive in their language or depictions of people and cultures; and geared towards kids birth to 18.

Questions about donating?

Click here to email Kathy!

You can also

shop from our

wish lists! 

We go through a lot of books here at Reading Ready Pittsburgh, so if you'd like to organize a book drive for us please click the button above to email our librarian, Kathy, or copy and paste the address below.

1,000 children enrolled in Raising a Reader between

42 sites

 550+ parents receive parenting facts and tips via text messages each month

Over 32,000 gently used books redistributed

13 libraries built 

Over 1,500 brand new

books gifted 

6,900+ children receive a new book each month

Thank you for supporting Pittsburgh's youngest readers!
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