Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is all about inspiration and imagination. It was developed in 1995 by Dolly for her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee. Dolly wanted every preschool child to have their own library of books. The effort received numerous awards and extraordinary media attention which generated interest from across the country. After much thought, Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that would support it.

United Way of Wells County is the local champion for this program. Our sponsorship finances the cost of books and the mailing, conducts registration for eligible-aged children, and orders the books monthly from the Dollywood Foundation.

How it Works

From the day they are born, children who are registered for the program receive a book every month until their fifth birthday. Preschoolers currently living in Wells County may enter the program at any time and begin receiving an age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday. Families with preschool children who move into the county are eligible to register and become part of the program. Participating families who move out of the county will exit the program at that time. If a family has more than one preschool age child, each child may participate and receive his/her own library.

How to Enroll Your Child

Your child(ren) up to age 5 is eligible for this wonderful program! Complete the simple registration form at a Wells County public library or follow the link here to sign up online. Your child’s first book should arrive within eight to ten weeks. Contact the United Way office at 260-824-5589 if you have any questions.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to your children!

Your child MUST reside in Wells County, Indiana in order to be eligible for these free books. However, you can check the Imagination Library website for a program in your area.