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

**Owl Moon

by Janet Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

A little girl and her father go out owling. The trees are still; the world is silent. Her father calls to the mysterious, nighttime bird. This is a great book to share as we turn from autum to winter weather.

This Month's Question: Montgomery County is a wealthy county. Do children really need your books?

Yes, Montgomery County is fortunate in many ways. However, close to 50% of our children entering kindergarten are not kindergarten ready. They do not have the language and literacy skills deemed necessary for school success. Having ready access to books, reading aloud and exposing children to language is critical in the first five years of life. Books in the home is a strong predictor of later reading and school success. Because the Imagination Library model mails books directly to the home, doing away with all barriers to obtaining books, it is one very useful tool in the campaign to improve early literacy in Montgomery County.

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

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