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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Friends of Hiawatha Public Library are pleased to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the Hiawatha and Robins, IA communities. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five who reside in the 52233 and 52328 zip codes. This furthers Hiawatha Public Library’s mission to strengthen the community and improve the quality of life by providing resources and programs that foster the creation of young readers.


Dolly wants children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. She also ensures that every child can have books, regardless of their family’s income. Reading together gives kids a great start before entering Kindergarten.


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, 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 Community Partners.  The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books directly to children’s homes each month. Each child enrolled in the program receives one book per month from birth to age five - at no cost to families.  Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More®.

The program’s impact has been widely researched, and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Special thanks to these Founder’s Club sponsors for helping us make this possible in Hiawatha