Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program

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Dear Friends,

Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I have ever done. I can't tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart that his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.

Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 2 million children.

Of course, I have not done this alone. The real heros of our story are the thousands of local organizations like United Way of Danville Area, Inc who have embraced my dream and made it it their own. They raise thousands of dollars each year and wake up every day with a passion to make sure their kids have every opportunity to succeed.

I hope these books inspire you to read with your child. There is nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book - just like when my Momma read to me in her lap in our tiny one-bedroom cabin many years ago.

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It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library can help your child love to read just by having print books at home, reading yourself, and setting aside time daily for your children to read. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to United Way of Danville Area, Inc, and Dolly Parton. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home.

Your child can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library until they turn five years old as long as you live within the covered geographic area.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a free gift to your child! All you have to do is read often to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Children under the age of five who live in Vermilion County, IL, Fountain County, IN, or Warren County, IN.

*Currently funding one book per household. If multiple children in household are signed up, book will go to the oldest child under the age of five until that child ages out, then the next oldest child will receive book.

Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the covered area.

  1. Be a resident of Vermilion County, IL, Fountain County, IN, or Warren County, IN
  2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by an authorized parent/guardian.
    1. Click here for Registration Form 
    2. Mail Forms to 801 W Fairchild, Danville, IL or email forms to
  3. Notify United Way of Danville Area, Inc. any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the account. Note: If the child's address changes, you must contact the address on this brochure in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child and have fun!

Question? Please contact or call 217-442-3512.

Do you know a child under the age of five in the United Way of Danville Area, Inc. service area? Give their caregiver a registration form and encourage them to fill it out. Tell them about this free-to-the-family progam that can make a huge difference in their future. If you know of a business, organization or individual who would like to donate funds to support this program in your local area, donations can be sent to:

Donation Address:

United Way of Danville Area, Inc.

801 W Fairchild, Danville IL 61832