Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Lynchburg

Dolly Parton started Imagination Library in 1995 inspired by her father’s inability to read and write in her home county in Sevier county, Tennessee.  Her vision was to foster a love of reading and learning for children by providing high quality, specially-selected books each month. Today, her program is offered throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and Ireland and mails over 1 million free books every month. 

How it works: Link to https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/

Letter from Dolly: Link to https://imaginationlibrary.com/letter-from-dolly/

About the books: Link to https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/choosing-our-books/

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child eligible to receive free books?

This program is open to all children who live in zip codes 24501 or 24504 and are under the age of 5. If a child is 5 or older at the time of registration they will not be considered eligible for the program.

Can I register multiple children?

As long as each child is under the age of 5 and in the above zip codes, they are eligible for the program, regardless of the number of eligible children living in the same household. In order to register multiple children, simply complete and submit the online form once for each child or fill in the registration form with details for each child (up to 2 children/form).  Please note that only a child’s parent or legal guardian may register them for the program.

When will my child stop receiving books?

Children graduate from the program when they turn 5 years old and stop receiving books at that time. A child will also stop receiving books if they move to an address outside of the Lynchburg coverage area. It is possible to check whether the child’s new home address falls within the coverage area of another Dolly Parton Imagination Library affiliate. If this is the case, the child may be transferred from one program to another and continue receiving free books until the age of 5.

When will my child receive the first book?

Mailed delivery of a child’s first book will likely occur 6-10 weeks after registration has been processed.

How will my child receive their books?

Each month, children registered for the program will receive a new, free book in the mail at the home address with his or her name on the label. Books may arrive up until the last day of the month, and participating children living at the same address will likely not receive their books on the same day.

How are the books selected?

All books mailed to children through the program are chosen by a team of early literacy experts appointed by the Dollywood Foundation. Books are age-appropriate and are chosen to meet the specific needs of children at each stage of their development.