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In today's fast-paced world, where technology often competes for children's attention, there's something timeless and magical about the simple act of reading a book. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a heartwarming initiative that spans generations and transcends demographics, brings this magic into the homes of families in Spokane County. Through the power of storytelling, this program recognizes the critical importance of early reading in a child's development and nurtures a lifelong love for books.

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The Magic of Monthly Deliveries

One of the program's standout features is its monthly book deliveries. Every participating child receives age-appropriate books and engaging learning activities, sent directly to their homes. These deliveries are like special gifts, eagerly anticipated by young readers and their families alike.

Each book carefully selected is a door to new worlds, adventures, and possibilities. Whether it's the colorful pages of a picture book or the imaginative tales of early readers, these stories are designed to captivate young minds and instill a passion for reading that will last a lifetime.

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The Gift of Literacy

Available to All Families

What makes Dolly Parton's Imagination Library even more extraordinary is its accessibility. The program is open to every family in Spokane County with children under five years of age, and the best part? It's entirely free of charge. This inclusivity ensures that no child is left behind, regardless of their family's circumstances, and that the joy of reading reaches every corner of the county.

The Lifelong Impact of Early Reading

The significance of early reading cannot be overstated.

It's not just about acquiring language skills; it's about nurturing creativity, critical thinking, and emotional development. By providing age-appropriate books and supplementary learning activities, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sets the stage for a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery through literature.

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A Legacy of Love for Reading

More than a reading program

A legacy of love for reading passed down from one generation to the next. It's about kindling the spark of imagination in the hearts of young readers and empowering them to reach for the stars through the pages of a book.

In Spokane County, this initiative is sowing the seeds of literacy and education, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive. Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the magic of reading is being preserved and shared, one book at a time, one child at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program?

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.

Are the books available in multiple languages?

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)

I don't live in Spokane County - can I still sign up?

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

What is the cost per child?

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.   

 When will my first book arrive?

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.

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I got one book, but haven't received another book?

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 https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/