What is the Imagination Library program?

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. 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.

The Pulaski County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is in its seventh year, and exceeding expectations! 1,424 Pulaski County children have graduated from the program and now have a complete library of their own made up of age-appropriate, high-quality children’s books.

At present, nearly 950 children are enrolled in the program. This translates into 11,400 books mailed over the course of one year, all at no cost to families. Since our affiliate’s beginning in 2013, we’ve delivered 63,022 books to the children of Pulaski County, Kentucky.

This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for children in your community.
— Dolly Parton, usa.imaginationlibrary.com

The cost to the organization for each child to receive books for one year is $30, which means no gift is too big or too small. Employees who donate through payroll deduction know that at the end of one year, a child has been sponsored with a donation of $1.25 per pay period.

Each year, the Sit and Read Auction is our largest fundraising event, but without the generosity, creativity and talents of the artists, we could not have such a wonderful event.

Enrolled children younger than 5 years old receive one free book each month. The book is mailed directly to the home via the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

2019 Board of Directors

Sarah Hamilton

Vice President
Andrea Clue

Charlotte Keeney

Nikki Vaught

Lindsey Guffey, Ann Haney, Robyn Denney,
Jim Tackett,  Amy Stroud, Amber Wilson, 
Brian Covert, Stephanie Covert, Carrie Altmaier,
Amy Hansford, Amy Smith, Beth Brown