What Is Dolly Parton's Imagination Library​?

Dear Friends and Neighbors​​...

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is read to your children.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is FREE!!!​

​It sounds almost too simple to be true,
but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many reasons parents do not read to their child, but we can eliminate one of them. Every child will have books of their own, at no cost to you, thanks to the Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc., Smart Start and Dolly Parton.

Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. He/She can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as you remain a resident of Cleveland County. Should the child move outside of Cleveland County, he/she automatically exits the program.

Who is Eligible?

​​​Preschool children (birth until their fifth birthday) of Cleveland County.

What Are My Responsibilities? 

 Before registering your child in DPIL, please take a minute to fill out the following survey:


​​​1. Be a resident of Cleveland County

2. Submit an official registration form, completely filled out by parent or guardian This form must be approved and on file with Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc.

3. Notify Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc. 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 Partnership at 704.734.2052 in order to continue receiving books. 

4. Read with your child.

Sign Up Your Child Today!
Register online at: 

​​ http://www.smartstart.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library/registration-dolly-partons-imagination-library/

Or, simply download the registration form below 
and mail it to your friends at the Cleveland County Partnership for Children.​​


​​​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 you move out of Cleveland County. 

How Can I Help? 

Do you know a preschool child who is not receiving books from the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library? Give their parents a brochure/registration form and encourage them to fill it out and mail it to the address below. Telling them about this FREE program can make a huge difference in their future and the future of our community. 

If you know of a business, organization or individual who would like to donate funds to support this gift to your children, donations can be sent to:

Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc.
PO Box 455
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 734-2052
​Growing Up in the Smokey Mountains was a real blessing. There were some tough times, but most of our life was full of the kind of riches money can never buy. One of the most precious memories is sitting in my mother's lap and listening to her read me stories from the Bible. It felt so warm and cozy. My imagination soared to places far beyond our little cabin. 

Those wonderful moments with my mother inspired me to create my Imagination Library. Thanks to Cleveland County Partnership for Children, Inc. and Smart Start, all of the preschoolers in your community can now have their own Imagination Library. Just think, a book mailed to your child each month until their 5th birthday!

I hope these books inspire you to read to your child. There is nothing quite like the sparkly in a child's eye when animals come alive and clowns dance on the page.

I hope you'll encourage your children to keep dreaming and to dream big. If my Imagination Library helps turn the dreams of a child into the promise of a bright future, then one of my biggest dreams will come true. 

And Remember....
I will always love you,