Imagination Library was founded by Dolly Parton in 1996 to provide free books to the children in her home county in eastern Tennessee. Since then, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has mailed 25 million books to children in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Many United Way’s across the country have embraced Imagination Library as a wonderful enhancement to their Early Learning initiatives.
United Way of Knox County has been offering the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book program to Knox County Children since June, 2010. Free age-appropriate books are provided each month until the child's 5th birthday. Register on-line and begin receiving books within 8 weeks.
Through our Early Learning Initiative, we are committed to providing books and early learning opportunities to Knox County children. Quality early learning reduces crime rates, teen pregnancy, welfare dependency, job training costs, special education costs, and grade repetition, while it increases success in school, graduation rates, workforce readiness, job productivity, and community engagement. Each month almost 1,900 Knox County children receive an Imagination Library book delivered right to their home! Over the past eight years, 102,000 books have been mailed to local children.
Thank you to our many Imagination Library sponsors: Ariel Foundation and Ariel Corporation, Central Ohio Technical College, Kenyon College, First-Knox National Bank, The Energy Cooperative, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon/Knox County, Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon, Knox County Board of Disabilities, Mortellaro McDonalds, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Rotary Foundation, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 95, and Psi Iota Xi Sorority.