Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world. Initially launched to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA, Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month.

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.

The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

Dolly Parton

In 2019, the Community Health Access Project (CHAP) help start the Richland County Dolly Parton Imagination Library (RCDPIL) with promotional support from Richland Public Health and additional financial support from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. Richland County is currently enrolling children born in 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Please provide your information using the link below to get your child started receiving their FREE monthly book delivered directly to your home. Your first book will arrive in 8-10 weeks and after that, you will receive a book around the third week of every month.

The DPIL relies on donations to keep growing and expanding. Locally, You can sign up for RCDPIL to be your community reward recipient at Kroger. They just have to use code QQ381 when they enter it on the Kroger website.

For additional information about Richland County’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, call Richland Public Health at 419-774-4761.