As if we needed more of a reason to love Dolly Parton…
Have you heard? Dolly has a little program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
This organization sends out free books to children — monthly!!
I’m serious. No fees involved. They will mail a book to your house every month.
And, get this, it doesn’t matter the income level of the family!
Every kid that qualifies for the program gets monthly books.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
How did the Dolly Parton Imagination Library start?
Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library in memory of her father, who was not able to read or write.
The Imagination Library started in 1995, but it was limited to Sevier County, Tennessee — where Dolly grew up.
By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had given away 1 million books.
Then, by 2004, the program became available to children through the state of Tennessee.
They didn’t stop there, however.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was destined to go worldwide, first in the United States, and then it expanded to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland.
Get this — this program also offers audio and braille books!!
When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.Dolly Parton
The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.
How does a child qualify for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
First and foremost, the child must be between the ages of 0 and 5 years old.
That’s pretty much it!!
I guess there are some parts of the country that the program doesn’t reach?
You can go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website to put in your state and city, and see if the program is available in your area.