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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Since its launch, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has set and surpassed many goals and milestones. National replication, which started in 2000, allowed more and more communities to adopt the program. State-wide coverage was established in Tennessee in 2004. Furthermore, international growth provided expansion in Canada (2006), United Kingdom (2007) and Australia (2014).

The first book order in 1995 totaled just over 1,700. Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More. **


How does it work?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could™. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Who is Eligible?

Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Lincoln County or rural Benton County. Corvallis area families.... stay tuned! 

Families who are currently registered

Login below to: 

  • Check your child's registration status
  • Update your child's mailing address
  • Update your contact email
  • See what books are set to be mailed each month and when

What are my Responsibilities?

1. Be a resident of Lincoln County.

2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by a parent of guardian.

3. Notify the United Way of  ANY time your address changes, or update your address with your user ID. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form, books are NOT forwarded.

4. Have a valid email address on file

5. Read with your child

When will I Receive Books?

Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the County.