Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

About Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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. 

After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world. Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

You can learn more about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library by clicking HERE.

Our Part

The Fred Rogers Institute partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the United Way of SW PA, Rotary of Westmoreland (ROW), Greensburg Hempfield Area Library and Michael J. Kakos and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Foundation to develop and inspire young readers through a book gifting program that establishes a cornerstone to children’s literacy programs in our community. Through this partnership, we hope the seeds of curiosity and creativity are sown in the hearts of young readers. As Mister Rogers once said…

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes." 

By supporting this program, a new generation of heroes is emerging, dedicated to nurturing the minds and hearts of our future leaders—one book at a time.

Join the Imagination Library

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