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

**Betty Bunny Didn't Do It by Michael Kaplan and illustrations by Stephanie Jorisch

Betty is always trying to wriggle her way out of trouble by blaming others, even the Tooth Fairy! Her family helps her to learn the importance of telling the truth.

**I Hear A Pickle by Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora is a Caldecott Award Winner. In this story, she introduces the five senses through many childhood activities and with humor. For example....."with our nose we small the stinky cheese."

Often-Asked Question: How much does the program cost?

The program is inexpensive and efficient. It costs an average of $2.25 per month to have a book printed and mailed. Less than a coffee at local cafe! That's $27 per year for each child. We benefit from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library administrators in Tennessee who make arrangements with Penguin Books to print over 1,000,000 books each month. The books are then prepared for shipping and mailed out through a warehouse in Tennessee, using the least expensive media rate (this is why books are not forwarded to new addresses - we must change the address in our data base for continued service to a child).
You can check out the "trip" of a book by looking at this short video: https://youtu.be/IjxcK1ZZw3c

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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