Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that gifts free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and gifts over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

In North Carolina, Imagination Library is a public-private partnership with the NC Legislature allocating $7 million annually to support book access for families.

Important Tips

Double check to make sure you have entered your address correctly

An email is required to register online, but you will NOT be spammed

If you do not have an email address we can register you by phone, please contact us.

If you move you will need to update your address with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Post Office will NOT forward books to your new address.

It takes approximately two months to start receiving books. If your child does not receive a book in that third month, please contact us.