Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has been encouraging children to read since 1995. In 2000, She expanded the Library to cover children all over the United States and now your child can get a book once a month from Dolly herself.

All you have to do to get books From Dolly's Imagination Library is fill out a simple form on the Imagination Library's website and your child will receive an age-appropriate book each month.

Here's Dolly's personal message about the program:

Dear friend,

Thank you for your interest in my Imagination Library.

This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for children in your community.

When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.

The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.

I hope you'll agree to become a champion of the Imagination Library in your community. You will be amazed at the impact this simple gift can have on the lives of children and their families. We have seen it work in our backyard and I'm certain it can do the same in your community too!

I appreciate your interest in my Imagination Library and thank you for all you continue to do for children.

Love, Dolly

Since the program started, it has grown to include over 1,600 local communities and mails out over 1 million books every month.

Here in Central New York, The Neighborhood Center on Elizabeth Street in Utica is the local affiliate, if you don't have access to the Internet to register your child, you can stop in and register in person.

You can also pay it forward and donate any books you might have that don't get read anymore.

If you are interested in replicating the program in your community to help even more children gain access to books, more information can be found at the Imagination Library's website.

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