Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a well oiled machine! This 5-minute video gives an excellent overview of how it works, from registering children and selecting books to mailing the books to tens of thousands of children across the US and beyond!
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q: Are the books entirely free or are there “hidden” costs?
A. The books are provided free to all registered children from birth to age 5 living in Addison County. There are no strings attached. Addison County Readers must pay approximately $30 per child per year to cover the costs. We depend on community support to cover this cost.
Q. How do participating children get the books?
A. Each month, a new age-appropriate book is mailed to the child's home address provided on the registration form.
Q. How soon will the first book be shipped?
A. The first book should be received 8-10 weeks after the registration form is processed.
Q. What if I move?
A. If you move within Addison County, simply fill out this change of address form. If you move out of Addison County, your child automatically exits the program. Visit the DPIL website to find a program in your new community or start a new program.
Q. How are the books selected?
A. A team of early childhood education experts appointed by the Dollywood Foundation sorts through a world of possibilities to select a quality, diverse and universal collection of titles. The list of books changes slightly each year. A list of current books is available on the DPIL website.
Q. Is there a family income requirement for participation?
A. No. Books are provided to all registered children regardless of parents’ income.
Q. What are the benefits of participating in the program?
A. There are many benefits to parents and children. Participating in the program and reading the books to your child has been shown to build vocabulary, enhance learning, prepare children for success in school and increase the bond between parent and child. Visit Raising Readers website to learn more about the benefits of early literacy.