Delaware Libraries

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides FREE books by mail for children ages birth up to 5, statewide!
Imagination Library

In the Imagination Library program, children ages birth up to their 5th birthday receive a book in the mail each month.
These quality books are selected by a national panel.

The purpose is to develop the habit of reading, and to develop the library habit, too!

This program is brought to you by Delaware Libraries, a program of First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney’s First Chance initiative.

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Note: Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for the first book to arrive.
Due to Covid, we are experiencing mail delays.

What is the Imagination Library?

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisionedcreating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit

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For more information visit our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Guide

Honorary Chair:

First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney #firstchancede

Thank you to our sponsors:

Delaware Department of State, Delaware Library Association, Delaware Readiness Teams

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Sign up your child today! Birth to 5 years

It’s never too early to read to children! Read 4 picture books each day; a few favorites as well as a variety of books from the library! Choose books that appeal to you, so that your child senses your excitement about reading! Attend Story Times and other programs at the library to gain new experiences.
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