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

**Pass It On

by Sophy Jenn

This is a story of giving, sharing and the joy both can bring. I child finds that it's fun and wonderful to be in a good mood, and even more fun to pass your joy to others. When you spread happiness, it's often passed back to you. Parents and children will enjoy uttering the signature phrase before turning the page.

This Month's Question: What's the story behind your teddy bear logo?

We are lucky that the daughter of one of our co-founders and co-directors, Debbie Pollak, is artist and illustrator Jessica Pollak McGuirl. Developing the teddy bear logo was fun and interesting, as Jess helped us discover the essence of our affiliate - what we wanted to show the world.

We feel that every baby and young child needs special time each day with their parents (or other grownup) to sit and read together. Our logo reflects that warm feeling of connection with a young bear in his/her mom's or dad's lap sharing a book. They're on cloud 9! They could be reading about animals, colors, folk tales and so many other things out in the big, wide world. We hope you enjoy our logo as much as we do.

You can check out Jessica's work at firstpancakestudio.com and therewillbecake.com.

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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Imagination Library of Montgomery County, MD logo design by First Pancake Studio.