Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) and Smart Start are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children through funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly. During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through DPIL to children across the state. DPIL is a program created to foster a love of reading among children aged birth to five through the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

“I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina. Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.” – Dolly Parton

How it works

  • Families register for DPIL online or by filling out a registration form and returning it to Durham’s Partnership for Children (1201 S. Briggs Ave., Ste. 210, Durham, NC 27703).
  • Families will receive one high-quality, developmentally-appropriate book each month until their child’s first birthday.
  • There is NO COST or obligation to families.

Who is eligible?

  • All children birth to five who reside in Durham County.


For more information or questions, please contact Brittany Gregory, Program Coordinator, at or (919) 403-6960 ext. 224.

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