Durham’s Partnership for Children Announces Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will bring high quality books to children up to age 5
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is coming to Durham County. The program, which will bring high quality books to children from ages birth to 5, is being led by Durham’s Partnership for Children. With the support of literacy partners throughout the county, Durham's Partnership for Children aims to enroll 3,500 children in this program by June 30.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library initiative is a book gifting program that mails free, age-appropriate books directly to children’s homes once a month from birth until age 5. Every child in Durham up to age 5 qualifies and can enroll to receive these books at no cost or obligation to the family. Durham’s Partnership for Children is taking the lead on this initiative, as it directly aligns with the organization’s core mission: to ensure every child in Durham enters school ready to succeed.

“This opportunity made possible through the General Assembly and the North Carolina Partnership for Children will foster a love of reading among young children not only in Durham, but across our state," says Laura Benson, executive director. "It’s exciting to think about thousands of books every month going directly into the hands of young children in our community. As Dolly Parton herself says, “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more and be more.” 

Enrollment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is currently underway. Parents can register their children online at  or at Partnership’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library Enrollment Fair in mid-June.

Wake County SmartStart also opened a Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Wake County in January. Read more about it here.

Source: Durham’s Partnership for Children


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