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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library sends free books to young children

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Posted at 4:30 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 07:18:17-04

Dolly Parton wants to make sure young children get books, so she started Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

It sends free books to children from birth to age 5.

Parton started the Imagination Library in 1995 to send books to kids in the Tennessee County where she grew up. Over the years, the program has expanded to places around the world.

"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," the Imagination Library says. "Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income."

To see if the program is available in your zip code, search here.

We also found some local programs, like the Imagination Library of Denver, that helps in 15 Denver neighborhoods - Five Points, North Washington, Sunnyside, Cole, LoHi, Whitteir, Northeast Park Hill, Curtis Park, Chaffee Park, North Federal Blvd., Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, East Colfax, Old San Rafael and Clayton.

The Pikes Peak United Way handles the program in several zip codes in El Paso and Teller counties.