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Posted on: June 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] United Way & Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

United Way affiliate Contact Information

United Way of Mercer County



Contact: Lori Schaller

Phone: 7249811448


Local Champion: United Way of Mercer County

Total children covered by this affiliate: 760

Total enrolled children in PA: 28337

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, United States

A Free Book Gifting Program

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

How It Works

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System and coordinating book selections and wholesale purchasing. It also incurs the cost of the program’s administrative expenses and coordinates the monthly mailings.

For more information on the program, please visit

Interested in enrolling your child? Please use the registration link here:

If you are interested in donating to the program, please contact Lori Schaller, 

Click here to sign up
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