Imagination Library


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Program Information

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children from birth to the age of five. United Way of Knox County has decided to launch this incredibly influential program in our very own community!  

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is all about inspiration and imagination. It was developed in 1996 by Dolly for her native Sevier County, Tennessee, but has now grown to affect over 1600 communities. Dolly wanted every pre-school child to have his/her own collection of books. Educators stress that reading with your pre-school child is the single-most important activity to prepare a child for school. The Imagination Library was created to guarantee access to books and to inspire parents to read to their children as much as possible. The goal of the Imagination Library is to inspire children to “dream more, learn more, care more, and be more”. And with the power of books, this dream becomes doable.

When a child registers for the Imagination Library, they will receive a carefully selected book every month from the day the child is born until his/her fifth birthday.

Once your child is enrolled, United Way will take care of the rest. United Way will cover the expense of each and every book. Help us make a difference in our community by inspiring our children to “dream more, learn more, care more, and be more”. All you have to do is sign up!

Register your child online at and search for "Knox County"