After setting a new enrollment record in March of 2020, the Imagination Library is set to break it in September!
It’s widely known that Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library in 1995. Inspired by her father’s limited education, Dolly was and is dedicated to sharing a love of reading with children everywhere. So she started a book gifting program which mails a free book to enrolled children each month. Over the years, the Imagination Library has celebrated many milestones including the 100th Millionth Book Dedication at the Library of Congress in 2018.
In 2020, the Imagination Library has already seen one record-breaking month back in March and with totals already counted, that record will be broken in September.
In March, new child registrations totaled 77,885. In September of 2020 (because the program runs one month ahead) new child registrations will exceed 78,000. Remember, these are new children registered into the program for a single month. To date, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted 141,840,454 free books to children around the world.
Special thanks to the program’s local affiliates who are made up of dedicated individuals, many who volunteer their time, to help bring free books to the children in their communities.
Parents and guardians of children under 5 years old, who have not yet been enrolled in the program, can visit the Imagination Library to check availability.
“Goodnight With Dolly”
During the nationwide shutdown, Dolly spent some time creating an online video series dedicated to children and their families. The series, “Goodnight with Dolly” featured weekly readings of specially selected books from the program. Dolly welcomes the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. Snuggled in bed with her Imagination Library book, Dolly shares stories that are just right for this moment in time. The series is a personal gift from Dolly to all families. Free of charge but not free from obligation as the message will be to pass on the love and keep hope alive because we are all “Together, You and I.”
This exclusive video series is available free of charge online until August 31, 2020.
Watch “Goodnight With Dolly”
- Dolly – Scent From Above Available July 28 - July 27, 2021
- “Goodnight with Dolly” Receives Multiple Telly Awards - July 12, 2021
- Now Streaming – “The Library That Dolly Built” - July 9, 2021