Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Little girl reading a bedtime story with her Mother in her bed. They are sitting together and the little girl is pointing at one of the pictures.One of my favorite moments as a parent was curling up with my child on my lap to read a book. We’d each pick our favorite, which usually led to another “favorite book” that also had to be read. The stack of books we read came from the library or a book sale. But some books belonged to my child.

Research shows that being surrounded by lots of books at home helps children. It demonstrates the value of knowledge and provides an environment of learning and growth. A home filled with books also encourages reading for enjoyment. Truly a book opens an entire world to a child.

Free books to keep

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is the perfect way to build a home library for your young child. If you sign up your child at birth, he’ll have a home library of 60 books by time he turns 5. Every child birth up to their 5th birthday who lives in Shawnee County is eligible. It’s easy and fast to sign up – all you need is your child’s name, date of birth, mailing address and parent or guardian’s name.

Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book directly to your child evearly ery month. The books include classics like The Little Engine That Could and newer books like A Gift for Nana that are sure to become your child’s favorite. Find more information and sign up online or stop by the library and we’ll be happy to help you register your child.

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As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.