The Imagination Library Program was started in 1995 by Dolly Parton for her hometown of Sevier County, Tenn., because she wanted every child 0-5 years of age to have his or her own library of books. Dolly understood the importance of exposing children to reading at an early age, starting right from birth, so she began sending books every month, free of charge, to kids in her county.
- All children, ages 0-5, who reside in Hughes or Stanley counties are eligible to participate in the book program, at no cost to them or their family, regardless of family income.
- Books will be sent out to participating children once a month until they reach five years of age. Each hard-covered book is age appropriate and includes such titles as The Little Engine That Could, The Poky Puppy, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Favorite Finger Rhymes.
The Capital Area United Way, through contributions received from local citizens during its annual fund drive, pays for all the books and mailing costs, while Dolly Parton’s foundation takes care of the actual mailing of the books. The program cost the Capital Area United Way $30 per child, per year. The program is free, however, if you would like to contribute to the cost of the books for your child, you can click on donate online to make a donation.
To enroll your child, please fill out the form below. It may take six to eight weeks to receive your first book due to initial processing and registration with Imagination Library. Thank you for your patience!