Macon County Education
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
The Gift that Speaks Volumes for our Community’s Future
Dear Friends and Neighbors ...
Growing up in the Smoky Mountains was a real blessing. There were some tough times, but most of our life was full of the kind of riches money can never buy. One of my most precious memories is sitting in my mother’s lap and listening to her read me stories from the Bible. If felt so warm and cozy. My imagination soared to places far beyond our little cabin.
These wonderful moments with my mother inspired me to create my Imagination Library. Thanks to the Macon County Education Foundation, Inc., all of the preschoolers in your community can have their own Imagination Library. Just think, a book mailed to your child each month until their 5th birthday.
I hope these books inspire you to read to your child. There is nothing quite like the sparkle in a child’s eye when animals come alive and clowns dance on the page.
I hope you’ll encourage your children to keep dreaming and to dream big. If my Imagination Library helps turn the dreams of a child into the promise of a bright future, then one of my biggest dreams will come true.
And remember .... I will always love you.
Facts about reading and young people
35% of children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to learn.
Interaction with his/her environment is the key factor in determining the ease with which a child will learn to read.
The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary. The larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely he/she will be a proficient reader.
A 1991 study showed that parents who were given books by their doctors were four times more likely to read and share them with their children.
Reading to your baby encourages the child to associate reading with love and comfort.
The more you talk and read to your baby, the quicker the child will learn.
The report of the commission on reading states that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children."
The key to proficiency in reading is to start early. Begin reading to your child the day he/she is born.
What is Dolly Parton’s
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is .... FREE!
It sounds 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 the Macon County Education Foundation, Inc. And Dolly Parton.
Each month, a new, carefully-selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of Macon County. Should the child move outside Macon County, he/she automatically exits the program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to your children.
Who is Eligible?
Preschool children (from birth until their fifth birthday) of Macon County, Tennessee.
What are My Responsibilities?
1. Be a resident of Macon County, Tennessee.
2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian (form must be approved and on file with the Macon County Education Foundation, Inc.)
3. Notify the Macon County Education Foundation, Inc. any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If your child’s address changes, you must contact your friends at the address on this brochure in order to continue receiving books.
4. Read to your child.
When will I receive Books?
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Macon County.
How Do I sign Up My Child?
or register online below:
How Can I Help?
Do you know a preschool child in Macon County who is not
receiving Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Give their parents a brochure /
registration form and encourage them to fill it out and mail it to the address
below. Telling them about this FREE program can make a huge difference in
their 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 our children, donations can be sent to:
Macon County Education Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 66
Lafayette, TN 37083
How can I get more
information on the
You may visit their web site by clicking this link: http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/
“This program is one of
the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for
children in your community.”
The Dollywood Foundation is a 501 (c)3 public nonprofit organization.
Note: we have included scans of the entire Imagination Library on this page. Each picture is a thumbnail, and you can click on a picture to enlarge it.
We have, however, typed out the text of the entire brochure on this page. Hopefully, this will make it easier to read.