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Our Story

All Talbot County children, regardless of their family income, should have quality books of their own.  Exposure to books and the magic of being read to is the winning combination that helps prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to learn to read.

That belief spurred Cristy Morrell, Kimberly Baker, Francesca Wiseman, Liz Connolly, and Karen Broujos to establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Talbot County in April of 2013.

Imagination Library of Talbot County is a local, independent, non-profit organization that is solely funded through individual donations and community support.

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Dolly’s Story

Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton founded Imagination Library in 1996 for the children in her hometown of Sevierville County, Tennessee. Growing up, Dolly had fond memories of sitting on her mother’s lap and listening to her read stories from the Bible.  Although her mother read her wonderful stories, inspiring her imagination, her father never learned to read. His story motivated her to do all she could to promote the importance of learning to read.

Dolly decided the best way to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families was by providing them with the gift of a book each month.  She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.  This is the mission of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 Dolly Parton made the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her and support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has mailed over 57 million books to children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Over 1,700 local communities are participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with more than 1.3 million children enrolled to date.