Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and Spokane County United Way

Spokane County United Way is the regional affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. The Imagination Library reaches children from birth to age five with FREE, age-appropriate books and supplementary learning activities each month. Through the Imagination Library, children receive their own books mailed directly to them at home.

The Imagination Library is available, for free, to every family in Spokane County with children under five years of age.

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Frequently Asked Questions

One of the largest Children's Literacy programs in the world. The Imagination Library has gifted over 185 million free books to more than 2 million young readers.

The Imagination Library books are available in English, however two of the 12 book a child receives per year are bilingual (English and Spanish on the same page). 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Spokane County United Way's program with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is only for children birth up to five years old that live in Spokane County. 

You can find out if there is The Imagination Libarary program where you live by visiting:

Thanks to Spokane County United Way and our partnership with Innovia Foundation there is NO COST to families receiving books through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  

We are excited you have chosen to join the Imagination Library! Your child can expect their first book 6-8 weeks after signing up, and then every month after the first book arrives.

The first book each child receives, the Welcome Book, is a special customized edition of the classic version of The Little Engine That Could with a letter from Dolly welcoming them to the program and expressing the excitement and joy that reading can bring. After the initial welcome book, each child will begin receiving age appropriate books every month.

Once the books leave the distribution center, we rely on the USPS to complete delivery. The books are mailed at the economical bulk rate and that rate does not include tracking of the individual books. We recommend you contact your local Postmaster. Let them know that the bulk rate mailed books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library should be delivered to your address and request their investigation into the matter. Most times, delivery issues can be resolved by taking this step. 

If you have changed your address please call United Way staff at 509-838-6581 to approve the address change in the system.

If you have moved out of Spokane County please check to see if Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is offered at your new location by going to

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Placing books in the homes and hands of young children is a proven strategy that helps promote early literacy and early numeracy, key skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Studies show that children who start school with these skills are better able to meet third-grade reading benchmarks, maintain grade-level learning and remain in school. Access to early learning is critical to increasing high school graduation rates, especially for children in low-income and marginalized communities.

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