The reason we were chosen to reinstate funding was because the people of Gilmer
County would not let this program die. We are the only county in the entire DPIL
netowrk who reached into our pockets and paid to continue this program for over two
years. Way to go, Gilmer County!
What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?
Founded in 1996, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a non-profit organization
that gives hundreds of thousands of books each month to registered children in participating
communities all over the United States and Canada. Promoting the love of early reading
and learning as the building blocks for a strong foundation in education, the program
believes in helping children dream more, learn more, care more and be more through
its educational campaign.
Imagination Library is designed to provide free, age-appropriate books monthly to
all eligible children in specified counties. Eligibility factors are age (birth
to fifth birthday) and residency in a participating county. Click here to see if
your county participates in the program.
The goals for the Imagination Library include:
Helping parents read to their children by giving them the material they need;
Encouraging children to be excited about reading by receiving one book a month
sent directly to them at their home;
Giving children a solid foundation toward a successful education by helping them
develop a love for reading.
Public libraries in these selected counties have agreed to serve as the "local champion"
for the program. Parents and children may come to the county library (any branch)
and register for their very own Imagination Library books. Registration forms can
also be found at local Day Care Centers and the local WIC office.This book program
is TOTALLY FREE to participating children. The child will receive a high quality,
age-appropriate book each month until their fifth birthday upon registering for the
program. Children can sign up at any age as long as they are under five years old.
The West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts is replicating the Dolly Parton
Imagination Library in selected counties throughout the State of West Virginia. With
funding provided by the West Virginia Legislature there are 29 of the 55 West Virginia
counties participating in the Imagination Library program. The goal is to expand
into the remaining counties in the coming years.