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

**Hooray Pinata by Elisa Kleven

A birthday party helps to stir the power of imagination. Clara picks a dog pinata for her birthday celebration. But when the big day comes, she doesn't want anyone to break it. A friend has a solution.

**Oh No Gotta Go by Bob McGrath

What parent hasn't heard those words before?! In this collection, 27 humorous tales are offered on the challenges of toilet training.

Often-Asked Question: How are Imagination Library books selected?

Once every year, a special panel of parents and educators gathers in Tennessee to select books for the coming year. The pay special attention to selecting characters, stories, and themes that will be appropriate for the age range of children that are served. New titles are added every year, and others are "retired" to represent the depth of children's literature today.

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

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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