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Dolly Parton 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 wanted to insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

To achieve these goals, Dolly 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 “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”

What is it?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT!  There is no cost or obligation to your family.

Who is eligible?

Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Amado (85645), Arivaca (85601), Sasabe (85633), Sahuarita (85629), Green Valley (85614 and 85622), Tucson: Picture Rocks and Drexel Heights (85743 and 85757), Ajo (85321), Lukeville (85341), Catalina (85738 and 85739), Sells (85634) and Three Points (85735 and 85736)

What are my responsibilities?

  1. Reside within zip codes 85645, 85601, 85633, 85629, 85614, 85622, 85743, 85757, 85321, 85341, 85737, 85735 and 85735.
  2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian (form must be approved and on file with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona).
  3. Notify United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona any time your address changes.  Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact the person at the address on this registration form in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

When will I receive books?

Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or moves out of the designated zip code.

Special thanks to the following funders for making this program possible: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Desert Diamond Casino, Stone Canyon Foundation, and the Diamond Philanthropies. For more information about the work of United Way, please visit:

For online registrations, please click here and search your zip code.