Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they turn five, no matter their family’s income.

There are many reasons parents do not read to their children, but Hancock Literacy believes that we can eliminate one of those reasons: a lack of books within the home. In 1996, 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.

Through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, children in Hancock County will have books of their own…at no cost to the family!  A new carefully selected book will be mailed, in the child’s name, to his or her home each and every month from birth until he or she turns five years of age. Titles are chosen by a blue ribbon panel of educators, are age appropriate, and have concepts that build upon each other.  All children, regardless of household income are eligible for the program.  Should a child move out of Hancock County, he/she is deleted from the program unless the family moves to another community that participates in the Imagination Library program.

Since our first mailing in November 2014, we have mailed over 79,000 books to children here in Hancock County. We currently have over 2,300 children enrolled in the program. $25 sponsors one child for one year (12 new books) and $125 sponsors one child for all five years (60 new books). 

Click here to download our paper registration to mail in.

I absolutely love the imagination library.
I like to think that I would have read to my child even without receiving a free book every month, but in truth, receiving the book in the mail is always a great motivator to sit down and read with my child. I appreciate the
time and thought that goes into the suggestions at the back of the book because they have helped me engage with my child and discuss the book differently.”
— A 'Dolly Parton' parent here in Hancock County

activity sheets

Interested in activity sheets to go along with your child's Imagination Library book? Check this out!


2018 Imagination Library Sponsors

Literacy Champion Sponsor


Bibliophile Sponsors

Roy and Marcia Armes Family Fund at The Community Foundation


Read-A-Holic Sponsors


Bookworm Sponsors

Dean and Janet Adler Jane O’Neil

Chuck & Mariann Younger Hancock County Literacy Fund & Charles J. Younger Fund
of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

Bookmark Sponsors

Findlay North PTO: Northview, Jacobs, Bigelow Hill Schools

Findlay Rotary Foundation - c/o Golden Apple Academy: Kim Stumpp