Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Giving the Gift of Reading
The United Way of Northern Arizona is a partner with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) to help families nurture a culture of literacy by providing free books to children in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties.
Being read to or having a small child be able to flip through a book and look at the pictures are key behaviors that foster literacy. They teach children how to “operate” a book, and that amazing images and stories are waiting for them between the covers.
Under the program, DPIL provides a carefully selected children’s book to children aged 0-5 once a month free of charge, delivered straight to their door. Building this home library will encourage a lifelong love of reading that will strengthen and support these children throughout their academic careers.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is not a charity or a social service – it is a children’s reading program. The singer started the program 20 years ago in her hometown in East Tennessee, and it now is an international program that has mailed more than 70 million free books.