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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Since 2012 United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has been serving as a local affiliate for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which sends a free book every month to young children (birth to age 5) to their home address. United Way of Tucson has grown this program from just 19 kids in 2012 to over 1,400.

  • In 2021-2022, United Way of Tucson helped send 16,858 books to 1,409 children in 14 zip codes throughout southern Arizona.
  • United Way of Tucson and The Imagination Library are ensuring that children in rural areas and book deserts can access age-appropriate reading materials in their home.

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of  the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics.

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

Or contact Denisse Hernandez-de Ortizat 520.903.3975 or by email at Imaginationlibrary@unitedwaytucson.org

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:
unitedwaytucson.org.