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 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 100,000,000 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

**The Bug Book by Sue Fleiss

This rhyming story lists all the bugs you can imagine - creep bugs, climb bugs, stick and slime bugs. Children discover the vast world of insects in this photo-filled book.

**As An Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas

This book tells the events of over 200 years from the perspective of a growing oak tree, showing how much the world has changed from 1775 to the present. Humans and animals change, and so does the landscape from country to city development. This selection offers a great combination of history and nature.

Often-Asked Question: How Are the Books Selected?

Every summer, a special panel meets in Tennessee to select titles for the upcoming calendar year. The committee includes educators and child development specialists. Each year, several new books are introduced to the list, while some others are removed. Two books each year, for every child, will be English/Spanish selections.

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

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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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