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Lawrence Memorial District Library

4th Anniversary of the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Lawrence Memorial District Library is proud to be a partner of this organization over the last 4 years, for our community.


We aspire to establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as the highest quality, most impactful, instantly recognized, book gifting resource that policy makers, funders, early childhood organizations and families trust to inspire a love of reading.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is the flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation. The Dollywood Foundation was created in 1988 by Dolly Parton to inspire the children in her home county to achieve educational success. Initial efforts focused on decreasing the dropout rate in the county’s high school. In the early 1990’s, Dolly promised every 7th grade and 8th grade student $500 if they successfully graduated from high school. This effort, called the Buddy Program, reduced the dropout rate for these two classes from 35% to 6%. More importantly, the program catalyzed the community to provide additional resources to sustain this improvement in the dropout rate. In 1995, The Foundation implemented Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Sevier County, Tennessee. This monthly book gifting program for children under the age of five was designed to inspire a love of reading and learning for all preschool children in the county. What was founded
as a local program became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway, and by 2003 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world. Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and shortly after, global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007. Australia’s program was launched in 2013 with the
Republic of Ireland joining in 2019. In 2022, 1 out of every 10 children under the age of five in the USA received an Imagination Library book from Dolly each month equating to over 2 million books being mailed per month to every state! By early 2023, the total books gifted globally since inception reached its 200 million milestone! Through the unique partnerships among The Foundation, the publisher, the fulfillment centers and thousands of Local Program Partners, it continues to be the flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation.

Lawrence Memorial District Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,

Our partnerships started as the Lawrence Memorial Public Library. At the end of 2020 and started Having books delivered to children in early 2021. None of this would have been possible with out the aid and assistance of local organizations. The first was the Climax Rotary Club. They provides us with grant money that allowed us to operate for 2021, 2022 and the first part of 2023 when funding became possible through the District library. The other group that assisted was the Friends of the Lawrence Memorial Library as our 501C benefactor.

With many thanks to these group our program has grown and is prospering. From the humbling beginnings and the look for funding that was fulfilled quickly by the local Rotary club we have grown from sending out a few book to local children. Today where we have 35 children receiving books each month. During these years we have had 16 children that graduated from the program, which means the have entered school at the age of 5 years old. Sadly we have also had 7 children that have move out of our community.

The best part of our story is that with the local partnerships, we have been able to start 58 children on a path to better understand the world and an appreciation of books and the knowledge that can be obtained through reading and understanding.

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Lawrence Memorial District LibraryMain Branch
107 N. Main St., Climax, MI 49034

Monday - Wednesday: 1 pm  - 6 pm

Thursday: 10 am  - 6 pm

Saturday: 9am - 12pm

Closed Fridays and Sunday

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income.