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Dolly Parton Imagination Library


It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many reasons parents do not read to their child, but we can eliminate one of them. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to United Way of Northwest Arkansas, generous community sponsors and Dolly Parton. United Way of Northwest Arkansas (UWNWA) has launched its Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Northwest Arkansas program.  Parents in Benton, Washington, Madison and McDonald counties can enroll their children under five years of age in the program.  Through this program, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library mails one book a month, from birth to five years old, for free, to every enrolled child's home.

The Imagination Library began in 1996 when Dolly Parton decided to foster a love of reading in her county and to ensure that all children would have books, regardless of their family's income.  The program was so successful that over time it expanded internationally.


  • Be a resident of Benton, Washington, Madison, or McDonald Counties.
  • Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian (form must be approved and on file with United Way of Northwest Arkansas).
  • Notify United Way of Northwest Arkansas any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact your friends at the address on this brochure in order to continue receiving books.
  • Read with your child. 


Do you know an expecting parent or child under one year of age in Northwest Arkansas who is not receiving a children's book from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library? Give their parents a brochure or tell them about this web site. Encourage them to fill out the registration request and send it in. Telling them about this free program can make a huge difference in their child's future and the future of our community.

If you know of a business, organization, or individual who would like to donate funds to support this gift to your children, or sponsor a child, please tell them about this web site or send donations to United Way of Northwest Arkansas, 100 Parkwood Street Lowell, AR 72745

For more information call 479-750-1221.