Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Sign your child up to receive a free, age-appropriate book in the mail each month!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free books to children. Children under the age of five living in Josephine County qualify to receive a book by mail, at no cost to their families, every month until their fifth birthday. A diverse batch of books is selected for each age group including bilingual books in Spanish and English, with options for braille and audiobooks. Since launching Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in May 2018, over 5,000 Josephine County children have received nearly 138,000 books.


Register your child

Register your children under the age of five for free online or stop by your nearest library branch in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, or Wolf Creek during open hours and fill out a paper form. Use your residential address to sign up — PO Boxes are not valid for this program.

In about 8 weeks, you’ll receive the first book. After that, age-appropriate books will arrive monthly. The first book every child receives is The Little Engine That Could, which is Dolly Parton’s favorite book. The message of the book is timeless, encouraging children to never give up, do their best, and stay positive no matter what.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Audiobooks for children with visual disabilities

Through a partnership with American Printing House (APH), Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library also offers audiobooks for children with visual disabilities. The audiobook files available at the APH website can only be played using free playback equipment loaned to eligible individuals through the National Library Service (NLS) Talking Book program. A family must first register their child with NLS and receive an NLS digital playback device. Then they can visit the APH/DPIL website and download the encrypted DPIL audiobook files. An additional benefit is that by registering their child with the NLS service, a wide range of NLS braille books, audiobooks, and magazines will be available for free loan to their child.


This program is made possible by local champions from the Grants Pass Rotary Club and the State of Oregon. Supporting sponsors include AllCare Health, Oregon Community Foundation, the four Rotary Clubs in Josephine County, and Welch Investment Group, LLC.

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