With the growth of our community, so too has the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Mecklenburg County, and we need your help to insure every child in our community has access to books! For just $30 you can provide books for an entire year to a child. Why stop there? For just $150 you can provide books for a child from the moment they are born until they are ready to go to kindergarten!

Our goal is to maintain the program and continue to fund the existing 3,000 kids already enrolled!


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 our website(smartstartofmeck.org) or sign up for our newsletter to receive an update. There is NO waiting list. Due to Child Protection/Privacy laws all registration forms mailed in at this time will be discarded.

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.


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 cselman@smartstartofmeck.org 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…