Jump On Board the Imagination Library Program



Sasha Bush

The Ashland Beacon


   Boyd County residents can now enroll their children in a great program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. By doing so your child can receive a free book every month until their fifth birthday. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth all the way up to age five. 

   This is made possible through funding shared by Dolly Parton herself and numerous local community partners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Republic of Ireland. Dolly Parton has stated that “You can never get enough books into the hands of children.” This program was inspired by Parton’s father and his inability to read and write. Parton started The Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program has grown to span five countries and regularly gifts over one million free books each month to children around world. 

   Dolly’s vision started in her small hometown of East Tennessee, and she wanted to foster a love of reading starting with her counties preschool age children and their families by providing them with the gift of a free book each month. “When I was growing up on the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.” – as stated by Dolly Parton on her Imagination Library website. 

   This is such a wonderful program to bring to our local area. If you would like to register your child for this amazing program you can go to https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/affiliate/kyboyd/ to register online print out the registration form found on the website and mail to Boyd County Public Schools 1104 Bob McCullough Drive, Ashland Ky 41102. If your local community or another community, you know of is currently missing out on this great program you can find out just how to get your local area involved in this proven early childhood literacy program that has registered over 2 million kids and gifted over 182 million books worldwide.  

   The Imagination Library mails out almost two million books each month. Simply go to www.imaginationlibrary.com/usa/start-a-program/  for everything you need to know to get your local community involved in this wonderful opportunity to ignite a love of reading for all children.  Please note that it can take up to eight to twelve weeks for your child’s first book to arrive due to the need to place all book orders a month in advance. But don’t fret because after the first initial book has arrived your child will receive a book every month around the same day. 

   “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you will go.” -Dr. Seuss