Give the Gift of Reading: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Clinton County

Dolly Parton believes that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything” (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, 2017).

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a free program, is available for all Clinton County children ages birth to 5 years. Each registered child receives, monthly, a free, new, age-appropriate book selected by early childhood experts and personalized with their own name. Books are mailed directly to the child’s home and are available to all regardless of the family’s income. The goal of this program is to provide access to literature for all our young people and to encourage families to spend time reading together. Click here to register your child.

How much does it cost?

To families and children the program is absolutely free!

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Program Partners. The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled children from birth to age five. Dolly Envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More®.

Our Local Program Partners and Supporters

This year, Governor Eric Holcomb established The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Indiana. Now, with the State joining our cause, we are able to gift a full program-year set of books to a child for the low cost $26 annually! The goal of the DPIL of Indiana is to register every child under the age of 5 in our state. We know, “The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school” (National Commission on Reading). As more young Hoosiers build home libraries through the DPIL program, we are creating a strong foundation for future success in our state!

Currently, our program has registered nearly 700 children. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are just under 2,000 Clinton County residents five years old and younger. The DPIL is always looking for more supporters to join in helping us build a well-read Clinton County. Click here to donate now, or contact Rachel Milburn at (765)654-8746 ext. 1117 or email at to learn more about benefits of supporting the DPIL of Clinton County.

The DPIL in Clinton County is made possible by The Dolly Wood Foundation, the State of Indiana, and a collaboration of local program partners and supporters including the Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort Community Schools, The Learning Network of Clinton County, Purdue Extension, St. Matthew Preschool and United Way for Clinton County. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Clinton County is a United Way program.

If you would like more information about contributing to this legacy of reading or to sign up your child, age 0-5 years, you can contact Rachel Milburn at the Frankfort Community Public Library; you can speak to any of the other community partners; or simply go online to donate directly to the program or register.

To keep up with information regarding the DPIL of Clinton County be sure to follow us on Facebook at DPILofClintonCounty and Instagram at DPIL_of_Clinton_County.

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