Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Background

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 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 insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.


Dolly Parton 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 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 aged birth to five through the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

Smart Start of Forsyth County's 2021-22 Goal


SSFC strives to ensure that each family enrolled in the DPIL Program with children birth to five years of age are fully equipped with the appropriate developmental tools and resources needed to promote the importance of early literacy. We want to continue supporting parents as they shape and mold some of tomorrows most successful and productive citizens.

For more information about how the Dolly Parton Imagination Library works here in Forsyth County, please contact Marvin Fulwood III at or 336-813-0863

“I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina. Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.” – Dolly Parton

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In Forsyth County, over 12,000 children actively participate in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. If you and your family could utilize this resource, and enjoy reading a new book every month, please register your child(ren) via the link below. Please note, this program runs through a child's fifth birthday.

Happy reading!