Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available to children ages birth to age 5 to Craven County!


Craven Smart Start is implementing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and delivering books to children in Craven County ages 0-5 monthly.

If you would like to sign your child up for this fabulous program, please click on the link above!  It will take you to the Smart Start – Dolly Parton Imagination Library Sign Up – Landing Page.  It will ask that you fill out a short survey, so we can understand how this program is utilized.

Your contact information will not be used for anything other than this program.  You will not be solicited or contacted for any other reason if you sign up for this service. You may sign up to receive our emails separately at the bottom of the page.

DPIL books display

Above you will see all of the books a child will receive if they apply at birth and continue with the Imagination Library program till age 5! 

About the Imagination Library

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

About Smart Start

Smart Start is a nationally recognized leader in early childhood and healthy development. Our network of early childhood partnerships provide expertise, guidance and infrastructure to ensure North Carolina children receive the care and nurturing they need to thrive. Tailored to meet the specific needs of each community, we invest in early education, literacy, health and family support so that our children are ready to succeed, lead productive lives and contribute to a strong, vibrant North Carolina.

  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.