Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

 

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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 until they turn five, no matter their family’s income.

There are many reasons parents do not read to their children, but we can eliminate one of those reasons: a lack of books within the home. 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.

Through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, children in Hancock County will have books of their own…at no cost to the family!  A new carefully selected book will be mailed, in the child’s name, to his or her home each and every month from birth until he or she turns five years of age. Titles are chosen by a blue ribbon panel of educators, are age appropriate, and have concepts that build upon each other.  All children, regardless of household income are eligible for the program.  Should a child move out of Hancock County, he/she is deleted from the program unless the family moves to another community that participates in the Imagination Library program.

Since the first mailing in November 2014, over 134,000 books have been mailed to children here in Hancock County. There are currently over 2,300 children enrolled in the program. $25 sponsors one child for one year (12 new books) and $125 sponsors one child for all five years (60 new books). 

If you have any questions, please call us at 419-434-1077, or e-mail us at imaginationlibrary@findlaylibrary.org

 

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How Can I Support Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Hancock County?

$25 sponsors one child for one year 

$125 sponsors one child for all five years

$300 sponsors a child in perpetuity  

                                                                                 

Chuck and Mariann Younger Hancock County Literacy Fund 

Established 2018- This fund, established in honor of Chuck and Mariann, is designated to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a free book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to 5 years old regardless of their family’s income. Titles are chosen by a blue ribbon panel of educators, are age appropriate, and have concepts that build upon each other. Mailing books began in Hancock County in 2014. Since then, more than 65,000 have been sent to local children. Chuck and Mariann are both long-time supporters of education through local schools and universities, and other cultural opportunities.

 

Hancock Literacy Fund 

Established 2020- The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was launched in 2014 to build early childhood literacy. The Library program provides age-appropriate books, selected by a blue-ribbon panel of educators, monthly to children enrolled from birth until their fifth birthday. This fund benefits The Imagination Library to provide lifelong literacy support to all Hancock County residents.