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 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 20 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 1,000,000 books are mailed out every month, and over 92,000,000 books have been distributed over the years. That's 1 book every 3 seconds! 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

**Maple by Lori Nichols

When Maple is a small girl, her parents plant a tree in her honor. Maple and the tree grow up together. When Maple becomes a big sister, she and the tree know just what a loud baby needs.

**Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Llama Llama isn't sure what to do when Gilroy Goat teases him and their classmates. Then he remembers his teacher's advice - walk away and tell someone. This book, part of the beloved Llama Llama series, can start a family discussion on an important topic.

You can check out the "trip" of a book from its order to its delivery by looking at this short video: https://youtu.be/IjxcK1ZZw3c

Often-Asked Question: What if I move?

We urge parents to let us know as soon as possible when they are going to move, so we can update their address in the book order data base. Because Imagination Library uses the least expensive bulk mailing rate, books ARE NOT forwarded by the post office to your new address. If you are moving out of Montgomery County, Maryland, we cannot continue to provide our service, but perhaps your new location will have an Imagination Library affiliate.

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. Checks made out to Imagination Library/Montgomery County can be mailed to the address below. We appreciate your generosity.

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