Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

October 18, 2023

In 1995, inspired by her father’s inability to read or write, Dolly Parton launches the Imagination Library to foster an early love of reading and learning in her hometown of Sevier Co., TN. Since then, it has become the highest quality, most impactful, instantly recognized book gifting resource that policy makers, funders, early childhood organizations and families trust to inspire a love of reading.


A premier, book-gifting program that mails free books to registered children every month from birth through age 5. The Dollywood Foundation covers overhead costs and negotiates wholesale pricing for the books, while the Springville Community School District Foundation fundraise to cover the cost of mailing and decided-upon wholesale book prices.


Enrolled children from birth receive 60 books by the time they graduate from the Imagination Library. Book selections includes braille and bilingual book options. Over 2.5 million free books are gifted each month to children around the world. Over 200 million free books have been gifted since the program’s inception in 1995.


We are so happy to be able to offer this wonderful program that promote the love of books and reading. Register eligible children online at or pick up a registration form at City Hall or Springville Memorial Library. Donations are tax deductible through our 501c3 status and can be mailed to PO Box 12, Springville, Iowa 52335, C/O Treva Davis. Donations can also be made online at the above website.


Questions? Treva Davis 319-854-6950 or Suzanne Ramsey Carter 319-361-7469.


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