Arkansas Imagination library

Our History

Dolly’s most beloved accomplishment is her Imagination Library, a book gifting program that has mailed millions of free books to children all around the world. Dolly is quick to tell you that although her father, Lee Parton, was one of the most intelligent men she’s ever known, his inability to read was her inspiration for the program. Started in Tennessee in 1995 where Dolly was born and raised, Arkansas children are now able to register for the Imagination Library program.

How Imagination Library Works

Once your child is registered through your home-county local affiliate (click here for a list of participating counties), they will receive a free, age-appropriate, brand new book MAILED TO THEIR HOME every month until their fifth birthday.

In the News

PBS NewsHour sat down with Dolly Parton back in 2013 and profiled her and her involvement in the Imagination Library early childhood literacy program. The program is active in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Pass it on!

Give the gift of early literacy and school readiness to other families across Arkansas by donating today! If you would like to donate to Arkansas Imagination Library or your local affiliate, click on the link and write in a specific county.