North Star Imagination Library


In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county's preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family's income.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child's first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5-and in their very last month in the program they receive Mrs. Bendergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. 

This collection of books is designed to spark a lifelong love of reading.  After years of success, Dolly continues to help other communities replicate the program.


The Story of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


Statewide Initiative

With grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, the CIRI Foundation, and Conoco Phillips, Best Beginnings provides matching funds for communities in Alaska to start their own Imagination Libraries!  The North Star Imagination Library appreciates their support and commitment to offering books to Alaska’s preschool children! 

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