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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dear Families,

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Mecklenburg County has reached capacity.  Due to funding, we are sorry to inform you as of Friday April 28, 2017 we will no longer accept registration forms online or by mail.

Families enrolled as of Thursday April 27, 2017 will be approved if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Please check back after July 1, 2017 for any updates.

Thank you for your interest in Smart Start and the Imagination Library. 


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 by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, 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.


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To ensure that families with children birth to five years of age are fully equipped with the appropriate developmental tools and resources needed to promote the importance of early literacy. We want to continue supporting parents as they shape and mold some of tomorrows most successful and productive citizens. 

For more information about how the Dolly Parton Imagination Library works here in Charlotte, please contact Champagne Selman at  or 704-943-9780

Who is Eligible?

Children 0-5yrs (must be born after July 1, 2013)

Living in zip codes: 28205, 28206, 28208, 28209, 28212, 28213, 28214, 28215, 28216, 28217, 28262, & 28269

A free gift for the whole family to enjoy...