Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Imagine a world where every child develops a love of reading before they even start school. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is doing just that.

The Imagination Library fosters a love of reading and learning in preschool children by mailing them a free, age-appropriate book each month until they turn 5 years old, regardless of the family’s income. Children who are enrolled at birth will amass their own personal library of 60 books!

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans five countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

United Way of the Plains launched the national program locally in 2011.

HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD

United Way of the Plains administers the program in the following areas. Click the button that corresponds to your home address to sign up your child to receive a free book in the mail every month until they turn five years old.

Sedgwick County

Available in most ZIP codes. 

Butler County

Available in 67002, 67010, 67041 and 67123.

Sumner County

Available in all ZIP codes. 

A girl flips through a new book she received from the Imagination Library program.

Your child will receive their first book approximately eight weeks after their registration is approved and will continue monthly until they turn five years old, or you move out of the designated ZIP codes. If your child’s address changes, please notify Heather Deters, United Way Community Impact Manager for Education, at hdeters@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4234.

TURNING THE PAGE ON CHILDHOOD LITERACY

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children enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2023.
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books have been mailed to local children since United Way launched the program locally in 2011.

LOCAL ENROLLMENTS DEPEND ON LOCAL DONATIONS

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is supported locally by community partners, such as United Way of the Plains. Local enrollments depend on local donations. Your gift of $25 funds one child for a full year in the program.

Gifts by Check
Checks can be sent to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water St., Wichita, KS 67202. Please include “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” in the memo.

Want to make a corporate donation to underwrite the program or a specific ZIP code?
Contact Gwen Kochman, Vice President of Philanthropy, at gkochman@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4123, to discuss further.

SPONSORS

Special thanks to these generous organizations for investing in childhood literacy through the Imagination Library.

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OUR FOCUS

Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.