What is the Imagination Library?
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides FREE books for children ages birth to 5. Each month a new, age-appropriate book is delivered by mail right to the child’s door. There is NO COST to participate for the child or family.
Dolly’s original vision for the Imagination Library was to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families in her home county of Sevier, Tennessee, by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. It has grown from just a few dozen books to more than one million books mailed to children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom each and every month! Independent studies have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program and improved scores during early literacy testing.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is committed to our mission of providing opportunities for the people of Northwest Kansas to lead the highest possible quality of life. Early literacy is the pathway to learning for our children, and the Foundation wants to ensure that all children in Northwest Kansas have the opportunity to develop critical early reading skills. In addition, the Foundation recognizes that reading to or with a child is an opportunity to build and enhance that child’s relationship with parents, grandparents and other caring adults.
How does it work?
Parents enroll their children by visiting the local affiliate or online at www.imaginationlibrary.org. Once approved, within a few weeks, the child will begin receiving a book each month.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is partnering with local affiliates in each of our 26 counties to offer the program to all children birth to 5 in Northwest Kansas. Administrative costs are covered by the Dollywood Foundation. There is NO COST for families.
Who is eligible?
Any child, age birth to 5, living in one of the 26 counties served by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation is eligible to participate. Multiple children in each family are eligible as long as they meet the age criteria.
Our NW Kansas Affiliate Partners:
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is grateful to the following community partners who bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the children of Northwest Kansas.
Cheyenne County – Greater Northwest Community Foundation
Cloud County – Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc. and the Frank Carlson Library
Decatur County – Friends of the Oberlin Public Library
Ellis County – USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence
Gove County – USD 291, Grinnell
Ellsworth County – Salina Area United Way
Graham County – Graham County Community Foundation and Friends of the Library
Jewell County – Jewell County Resource Center
Lincoln County – Friends of the Lincoln-Carnegie Library & Lincoln County Health Department
Logan County – Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center & Oakley Public Schools USD 274
Mitchell County – Mitchell County Community Foundation & K-State Research and Extension – Post Rock District
Norton County – Norton County Community Foundation & Norton Public Library
Osborne County – Osborne City Community Foundation & K-State Research and Extension – Post Rock District
Ottawa County – Love, Inc. of Ottawa County & USD 239
Phillips County – Phillips County Community Foundation
Rawlins County – Area Community Enrichment Foundation & Barbara Creighton Reading Fund
Republic County – Northwest Kansas Healthcare Foundation & Belleville Public Library
Rooks County – USD 271
Russell County – Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas & Russell County Library
Saline County– Salina Area United Way
Sheridan County – Sheridan County Community Foundation & Sheridan County Library
Sherman County – Sherman County Community Foundation & Goodland Public Library
Smith County – USD 237 & K-State Research and Extension – Post Rock District
Thomas County – Pioneer Memorial Library & Golden Plains Outreach
Trego County – Trego Hospital Foundation
Wallace County – Wallace County Community Foundation (an affiliate of Scott County Community Foundation) & Sharon Springs Public Library