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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

What is it?

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. 

By mailing high quality, age appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

A Free Book Gifting Program

Knox County children received 27,038 books in 2023

Children with just 25 books in the home are more likely to complete an additional two years of school


Knox County children have received 271,981 books since 2010


575 new enrollments in 2023

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