Calaveras Community Foundation Partners with First 5 Calaveras to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Calaveras County

Calaveras County children under 5 years old can receive free books in the mail to help inspire a lifelong love of reading. Every month children who are enrolled in the program will receive a free book until they turn 5 years old. First 5 of Calaveras in partnership with the Calaveras Community Foundation has brought this program to local children. To participate in the program parents may enroll in the program at the First 5 Calaveras website here:

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About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted nearly 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to dream more, learn more, care more and be more.

The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Notable Awards & Acknowledgements

Together, Dolly Parton and her book gifting organization have received honors and awards for their dedication to enriching the lives of children everywhere.

Most recently, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy (2022), the Eric Carle Angel Award (2022), The Library of Congress Rubinstein Award (2021),The Best Practices award from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards (2014), recognition in Reading Psychology (2012) and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval (2001), are among a few of the prestigious acknowledgments the program has received.