Our Mission

Imagination Library of Montgomery County, Maryland

We want children to enjoy and share the magic of books. Our goal is to provide free, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. Each month a carefully selected, new book will arrive in the mail, so a child can build his/her own library regardless of family income. We hope to foster the parent/child connection through a love of books and reading aloud that will contribute to pre-reading and school readiness skills. By developing literacy skills, books can engage the imagination and contribute to a brighter future.

A Bit of History

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was started by Dolly in her home state of Tennessee over 22 years ago. She felt that the seeds of children’s dreams could often be found in books. She was further inspired by her own beloved father who could not read or write. Dolly developed a program so that every preschooler in Sevier County, TN would receive their own books on a regular basis. It quickly expanded throughout Tennessee, and many communities asked if the program could be replicated in their states. Imagination Library was then offered to any community that would support a local affiliate. Imagination Library of Montgomery County, Maryland was born, and the first children were registered in May, 2015.

Today, there are over 1,600 affiliates like ours in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Over 1,200,000 books are mailed out every month, and over 104,000,000 books have been distributed over the years!! It’s no wonder that Dolly is proud to be called The Book Lady. She remains committed to the idea that books can help children “Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.”

Book Notes - Books That Have Been Mailed Out Recently

**Llama Llama Red Pajamas

by Anna Dewdney

It's time for Baby Llama to go to bed, and his mother has tucked him in for the night. Soon after she leaves, Baby is worried about where she is going and begins to whimper. Soon Baby is hollering, and Mama returns to the bedroom. This is a story of comfort and reassurance.

This Month's Question: How many children are in your program? Why isn't it available throughout Montgomery County?

We have close to 700 children registered in our affiliate. Almost 300 have "graduated" at the age of five. We're proud to have served 1,000 children in our 3-1/2 years.

The number of children we are able to serve is strictly a matter of economics. We do not have the funds to cover the over-70,000 preschoolers who reside in Montgomery County. We continue to apply to governments and foundations for support so that we can expand our service areas. If you would like to urge local government to adopt the program Countywide, you could contact the County Council at county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Want to Donate?

If you would like to make a donation to our affiliate, click above on Our Program and scroll down to the Donate button. Gifts can be made there via PayPal. Checks made out to Imagination Library/Montgomery County can be mailed to the address below. We appreciate your generosity.

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