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Affiliate Spotlight – DC Public Library

Affiliate Spotlight – DC Public Library

Over 28,000 children receive free books in Washington, D.C., and counting!

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free high-quality and age-appropriate books to more than 28,000 children in the DC community. The DC Public Library’s partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ensures all District children can have a great selection of books at home.

DC Councilmember Charles Allen was first introduced to the program when visiting family in Tennessee. The story goes that while visiting his brother in Tennessee, Councilman Allen saw how excited his niece (two-years-old at the time) was to receive her Imagination Library book in the mail and the enjoyment their family had reading together. He was intrigued by the program and its potential in his hometown. After learning more about how the organization worked, he went back to DC and built support with the council and mayor to help bring the Imagination Library to all children the nation’s capital.

On Feb. 4, 2016, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launched district-wide in Washington, D.C. Councilmember Allen joined Mayor Muriel Bowser for the exciting launch day activities. In addition, the Book Lady, Dolly Parton sent a special welcome aboard message to everyone involved.

Program Growth

The DC Public Library positioned Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as the cornerstone of their DC Books from Birth initiative, incorporating Sing, Talk and Read (STAR) videos, toolkits, and an aggressive marketing campaign aimed at getting parents to engage with their young children. The results have been stellar. By December 2016, about 40% of DC’s eligible population (birth to age 5) was enrolled in the Imagination Library. Two years in, DC enrollment has now topped 65% of the eligible children and has climbed even higher in key focus neighborhoods. Having mailed almost 500,000 Imagination Library books since getting started, we’re excited to see what our DC partnership achieves next.

 

DC Public Library March 2016 – March 2018

 

District of Columbia Public Library

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Sing, Talk and Read (STAR) – DC Public Library

Prepare your child for a bright future by singing, talking and reading with them every day. These three simple activities can jump start your child’s brain development and get them ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

Over 100 Million Free Books Mailed As Of February 2018

Over 100 Million Free Books Mailed As Of February 2018

In February, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library hit the 100 Millionth Book Milestone. The total number of free books mailed as of February 2018, is 100,897,416! See photos from the Book Dedication Ceremony at the Library of Congress and read about the exciting new partnership between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Library of Congress.

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites”
Inspired By A. A. Milne & Decorations By Ernest H. Shepard

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Winnie-the Pooh Opposites”- 2/16/18
USA – “Winnie-the Pooh Opposites” – 2/16/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Night-Night Forest Friends”
By Annie Bach

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Sophie La Girafe: Sophie’s World” – 15/2/18
Canada – “Night-Night Forest Friends” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “How To Tuck In Your Sleepy Lion” – 1/2/18
USA – “Night-Night Forest Friends” – 2/16/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“The Bug Book”
By Sue Fliess

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Seadog” – 15/2/18
Canada – “The Bug Book” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “A Quiet Day in the Jungle” – 1/2/18
USA – “The Bug Book” – 2/13/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Max and the Tag-Along Moon”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Pearl Barley & Charlie Parsley” – 15/2/18
Canada – “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “Quentin Blake’s ABC” – 1/2/18
USA – “Max and the Tag-Along Moon” – 2/7/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Lion Lessons”
By Jon Agee

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Potato People” – 15/2/18
Canada – “Lion Lessons” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” – 1/2/18
USA – “Lion Lessons” – 2/5/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“As An Oak Tree Grows”
By G. Brian Karas

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Koala Lou” – 15/2/18
Canada – “Mo’s Mustache” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “Alison Hubble” – 1/2/18
USA – “As An Oak Tree Grows” – 2/2/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 15/2/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/2/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 2/1/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 15/2/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/2/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 2/1/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Affiliate Spotlight – Southwark, London

Affiliate Spotlight – Southwark, London

Over 40,000 free books mailed in Southwark, London…and counting!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launched in Southwark, London in 2016. Each month, the scheme delivers age-appropriate books via the post to more than 4,000 children in the community. Southwark Council administers the scheme locally. Make My Day Better, a charity arm of DialAFlight and the Lotus Group, financially supports the work.

Completely free to the family, the goal is to provide children in Southwark their very own 60 book library of high-quality books by age five. Having these books in their home helps children develop a love of books and reading. It also prepares them for their next educational journey. Since launching, more than 40,000 Imagination Library books have been mailed to children and families across the borough.

Beatrix Potter’s classic, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” welcomes every enrolled child into the scheme. In the following months, children’s faces light up when they discover books like “How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc” by Jane E. Clarke and “Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe” by Eileen Browne, in their post.

Knowing the joy these books bring as well as the immense educational and developmental benefits they provide has made the scheme immensely popular with children and families in Southwark.

“I have an 11-month-old son. We look forward to the new book being posted through the door. When I say, ‘look there is your book’, my son claps his hands and gets all excited. We then sit down and read the book together.” – Parent, London Borough of Southwark

Registered children receive a book a month from birth until they start school. Southwark residents can register here online.

* In Southwark, registration is limited to children born in or after 2016.

Southwark Council

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Southwark serves children living in the London Borough of Southwark born in or after 2016.

Make My Day Better

Make My Day Better is the charity arm of DialAFlight and the Lotus Group which supports a variety of projects around the world. The guiding principle is that the majority of the funding directly benefits the people, rather than being absorbed in administration costs.

Over 99.7 Million Free Books Mailed As Of January 2018

Over 99.7 Million Free Books Mailed As Of January 2018

In January, we sent 1,159,894 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 99,719,530! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 2

Children Born in 2017

Corduroy Shapes

“Corduroy’s Shapes”
By MaryJo Scott

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Duck Sock Hop” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “In The Night Garden: Songs and Rhymes” – 2/1/18
USA – “Corduroy’s Shapes” – 1/18/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“Following Papa’s Song”
By Gianna Marino

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Chatterbox” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Following Papa’s Song” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “My Book of First Nursery Rhymes” – 2/1/18
USA – “Following Papa’s Song” – 1/5/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck
By Laura Murray

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “A Summery Saturday Morning” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “Mouse House” – 2/1/18
USA – “Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck” – 1/10/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Excellent Ed”
By Stacy McAnulty

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “My Uncle’s Donkey” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Excellent Ed”- 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “Slug Needs a Hug” – 2/1/18
USA – “Excellent Ed” – 1/12/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Last Stop on Market Street”
By Matt de la Peña

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Come Down Cat!” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “Ladybird I’m Ready to Explore My World” – 2/1/18
USA – “Last Stop on Market Street” – 1/3/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 24/1/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/1/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 1/2/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 24/1/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/2/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/1/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 1/2/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Over 98 Million Free Books Mailed As Of December 2017

Over 98 Million Free Books Mailed As Of December 2017

In December, we sent 1,150,128 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 98,559,636! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

“Baby! Talk!”
By Penny Gentieu

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Banana” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Baby! Talk!”- 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey” – 1/12/17
USA – “Baby! Talk!” – 12/15/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Llama Llama Red Pajama”
By Anna Dewdney

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Rascal Takes Off” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “Goodnight Tractor” – 1/12/17
USA – “Llama Llama Red Pajama” – 12/14/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“Baking Day at Grandma’s”
By Anika Denise & Illustrated By Christopher Denise

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Pearl Barley & Charlie Parsley” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “One Little Baby Birthday” – 1/12/17
USA – “Baking Day at Grandma’s” – 12/11/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“The Snowy Day”
By Ezra Jack Keats

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Belinda ” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Nancy Knows” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “Mine” – 1/12/17
USA – “The Snowy Day” – 12/8/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

Coat Of Many Colors - Penguin Random House

“Coat Of Many Colors”
By Dolly Parton & Illustrated By Brooke Boynton Hughes

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Animalia” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Coat Of Many Colors” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Snowman” – 1/12/17
USA – “Coat Of Many Colors” – 12/5/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 1/12/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/12/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 12/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 1/12/17
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/12/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 12/1/17

December Activity Sheets

In addition to reading every day, you can include fun crafts and activities for your little one. Coloring and activity sheets are perfect for long car rides during the holidays.

December Activity Sheets

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Over 97 Million Free Books Mailed As Of November 2017

Over 97 Million Free Books Mailed As Of November 2017

In November, we sent 1,149,919 books, which brings the total number of free books mailed to 97,431,710! You can inspire a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2017

“I Love My Mommy Because…”
By Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Pictures By Ashley Wolff

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Where’s My Nose?”- 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Is This My Nose?” – 1/11/17
USA – “I Love My Mommy Because…” – 11/14/17

Group 2
Children Born in 2016

“Little Poems for Tiny Ears”
By Lin Oliver & Illustrated By Tomie dePaola

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “One to Ten and Back Again” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Ready for Winter” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Twinkle Twinkle Touch and Feel Rhymes” – 1/11/17
USA – “Little Poems for Tiny Ears” – 11/14/17

Group 3
Children Born in 2015

“Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose”
By Tomie dePaola

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Clippity-clop” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Pom Pom gets the Grumps” – 1/11/17
USA – “Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” – 11/6/17

Group 4
Children Born in 2014

“Chimpanzees for Tea”
By Jo Empson

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Big Red Hen and the Little Lost Egg” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Counting on Snow” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Yo Ho Ho! A Pirating We Will Go” – 1/11/17
USA – “Chimpanzees for Tea” – 11/9/17

Group 5
Children Born in 2013

“Miss Maple’s Seeds”
By Eliza Wheeler

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Stickybeak” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Sonya’s Chickens” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Coat of Many Colors” – 1/11/17
USA – “Miss Maple’s Seeds” – 11/2/17

Group 6
Children Born in 2012

“Brother Eagle Sister Sky”
Paintings By Susan Jeffers

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2012
Australia – “A Nice Walk in the Jungle” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Brother Eagle Sister Sky” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Cockatoos” – 1/11/17
USA – “Brother Eagle Sister Sky” – 11/3/17

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Dream Little One, Dream” – 1/11/17
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/11/17
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 11/1/17

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 1/11/17
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/17
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/11/17
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 11/1/17

Fun Activity Sheets Featuring 2017 November Books

In addition to reading every day, you can include fun crafts and activities for your little one. Coloring and activity sheets are perfect for long car rides during the holidays.

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

YouTube Kids To Feature “I Believe In You” Lyric Videos

YouTube Kids To Feature “I Believe In You” Lyric Videos

A series of 13 animated lyric videos spotlighting songs from “I Believe In You” to be featured on YouTube Kids, Nov. 21!

Global superstar Dolly Parton’s appeal has always been universal, and Dolly’s latest project, her first-ever children’s album “I Believe In You” unites multiple generations. Whether you are a child, a parent or a grandparent, “I Believe In You” weaves 14 tracks teaching life lessons in an approachable manner only Dolly could pull off.

Now, families can engage with the music on “I Believe In You” in a series of animated music lyric videos. The videos visually tell a story and encourage children to read and sing-along via bouncing-ball lyrics. Dolly’s “I Believe In You” lyric videos launched today on VEVO and will receive feature placement on YouTube Kids beginning Nov. 21.

 

 

The videos, appropriately launching during National Young Readers Week, are directed and produced by Gil Gilchrist, with production support provided by Daniel Lee Martin, Greg Cravens and Tom Brenner. Proceeds from the consumption of the videos will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides free books to children from birth to five years of age.

This series of first-of-their-kind ‘musical storybooks’ feature ‘Little Dolly’ and other characters exploring landmarks in Dolly’s beloved home state of Tennessee. With production offset provided by the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development, the Volunteer State’s biggest ambassador is once again shining a light on her native Tennessee.

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

One Million Books Mailed In Canada…And Counting!

One Million Books Mailed In Canada…And Counting!

One million free books sent to Canadian babies and toddlers!

November marks the one-millionth book sent to children in Canada! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails more than 20,000 age-appropriate books across Canada every month. The simple gift of a book can have an amazing impact on the lives of children and their families.

The Dollywood Foundation partners with local organizations who fundraise and administer the program to provide a new, free, age-appropriate book in the mailbox every month for children up to age five.

The program is offered free of charge to families. Check availability or register a child through local Community Champions.

“You wouldn’t think that simply getting books to the home would improve reading scores and kindergarten readiness, but research shows that it absolutely does,” said Jeanne Smitiuch, Ontario Director for the Dollywood Foundation of Canada.

Recently, Ontario has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide First Nations children living on-reserve with free books to foster a love of reading and help them reach their full potential.

The Dollywood Foundation of Canada and Penguin Random House Canada are once again partnering this year to bring books to families across Canada. This year’s book list for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was selected by The Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee and includes 18 titles specifically for the program’s Canadian readership that highlight Canadian authors/illustrators or Canada-specific content. For 15 years, Penguin Random House has been the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton said,

“Several years ago I made a promise that we would add even more books written by Canadian authors to the Imagination Library. So we asked our friends at Penguin Random House to do what they could do to deliver on that promise and they have come through for us once again.”

2018 Book Selection Highlights

Book selections for 2018 include titles such as “Great,” inspired by Wayne Gretzky’s father, Walter Gretzky. “Great” is written by Glen Gretzky and Lauri Holomis, with a foreword by Wayne Gretzky, and is illustrated by Kevin Sylvester. Newly released title included is “The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion, and is illustrated by The Fan Brothers. Hadfield is one of the world’s most accomplished astronauts. Also included is “A Northern Alphabet” by the late Ted Harrison, one of Canada’s most renowned artists and a recipient of the Order of Canada. Additional selections include Maxwell Newhouse’s book, “Counting on Snow” and Linda Bailey’s, “Carson Crosses Canada.”

Tara Walker, Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, says,

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is such an important and worthy foundation. Dolly’s commitment to promote a love of reading from a young age is an inspiration to us all, and we look forward to growing the number of Canadian themed books in this program.”

More About The Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world by mailing over 94 million books in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Currently, the program mails over one million specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly’s vision was to create a lifelong love of reading, prepare children for Kindergarten and inspire them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Penguin Random House Canada

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House Canada is the Canadian division of Penguin Random House. Penguin Random House is dedicated to nourishing a universal passion for reading as the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially -and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

Imagination Library Now Available To All First Nations Children Living On-Reserve In Ontario

Imagination Library Now Available To All First Nations Children Living On-Reserve In Ontario

Ontario is promoting reading and literacy amongst First Nations children.

The partnership between Ontario and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will provide First Nations children living on-reserve with free books to foster a love of reading and help them reach their full potential. Ontario has committed $500,000, over two years, to the Dollywood Foundation of Canada to support the literacy program.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child said,

“This remarkable program helps to foster an important love of books in children. I want to thank Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library for working with us to give children the incredible gift of reading. Many Ontario kids up to age 5 will now benefit from receiving a new book every month and their reading adventures will help them get the best possible start in life.”

The Imagination Library is a monthly book service that provides books free of charge, to children up to age five, who are enrolled in licensed child care centres and child and family programs on-reserve. To date, 36 First Nation communities have signed on to the Imagination Library program, registering 753 children. Jeanne Smitiuch, Ontario Director for the Dollywood Foundation of Canada said,

“November marks the 1 millionth book sent to children in Canada. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails more than 20,000 age-appropriate books across Canada every month, and of those, 52 percent are sent to First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities. The simple gift of a book can have an amazing impact on the lives of children and their families.”

Press Release Credit: Ontario Ministry of Education

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About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, the program mails over 1 million books each month to children around the world.

Smart Start Funding In Place For Statewide Coverage In North Carolina

Smart Start Funding In Place For Statewide Coverage In North Carolina

$10 million provided to deliver books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children

Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to bring books to 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 million in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children across the state. Imagination Library is a program created to foster a love of reading among children age birth to five through the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

“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.”

Senator Ralph Hise and Representative Josh Dobson joined Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library representatives to kick off the statewide effort that will begin in 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Because the program is offered by zip code, the initial launch will cover 85 percent of NC zip codes expanding to cover every county by the second year. Cindy Watkins is the President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children that oversees the Smart Start network. She said,

“Our state leaders clearly understand how important an early love of reading is for each child’s success in school and later in life. Smart Start works in every community to ensure young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten – now we can offer this important literacy program to that critical work.”

Smart Start

Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.

Visit Smart Start to learn more about the partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, check availability or register a child.

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