Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Background
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in eastern Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she 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.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Smart Start Partnership
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) and Smart Start are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through DPIL to children across the state. DPIL is a program created to foster a love of reading among children from birth to age five through the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.
In Forsyth County, over 12,000 children actively participate in DPIL. If you and your family could utilize this resource and enjoy reading a new book every month, please register your child(ren). Please note, this program runs through a child’s fifth birthday.
We invite you to donate to support this initiative.
For more information about how the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library works here in Forsyth County, please contact: E’laina Barron, ElainaB@smartstart-fc.org.