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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

After much thought, Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that would financially support it. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is all about inspiration and imagination. It was developed in 1995 by Dolly for her native Sevier County, Tennessee. Dolly wanted every preschool child to have his/her own collection of books. After much thought, Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that would financially support it.

After registering for the program, each month, from the day the child is born until their fifth birthday, a carefully selected book arrives at the mailbox. Kids across the country have shared the excitement of running to the mailbox to retrieve their books. More often than not, the child wants the book read to them now-not later, not tonight and not tomorrow. Right now!

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a gift to all of the children. The Imagination Library is currently at work in five countries - U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Australia. More than 2 million children each month receive books through the generosity of local sponsors and the Dollywood Foundation. As of January 2024, over 229 million books have been gifted to children. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a unique opportunity to do something simple and powerful for preschoolers. By inspiring parents to read to their children, we can help them Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More! Register your child for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library at

From the Imagination Library website



ALL children from birth to five years old who live in Tennessee.


Imagination Library - A gift to the children of TennesseeWHAT?

Your child's very own Imagination Library!  A new age-appropriate book mailed to your child every month until he/she turns 5 years old. 



Books begin arriving each month 8 to 10 weeks after enrolling.



Mailed to your child's home.



Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in partnership with the Tennessee Governor's Early Literacy Foundation, the State of Tennessee, the Governor & First Lady, and other generous donors throughout the state have joined together to make this program available to every preschool child in the state.



FREE!!!  Books are provided at NO COST to you!


We are building a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee's children.  Give your child the Gift of Reading!  Both the Linden and Lobelville libraries have the signup forms for you to pick up.  You can enroll online at

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides age appropriate books for children from birth to 5 years old. Be sure to register your child. It's free!

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Linden Branch

104 College Avenue 
Linden, TN 37096

Phone: (931) 589-5011
FAX: (931) 589-6210


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Lobelville Branch

55 South Main Street 
Lobelville, TN 37097

Phone: (931) 593-3111
FAX: (931) 593-2089


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