What kind of books will my child receive?
- Imagination Library books are selected by a qualified committee of The Dollywood Foundation. They are chosen based on their ability to promote self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics through age appropriate themes and concepts as defined here.
- The books are of high-quality, many of which are hard-back. Soft-back books include helpful reading tips and activities for parents’ reference.
How often and where will the books be delivered?
- Books are delivered monthly to the home, and in the name, of the enrolled child.
Will the post office forward the books to a new address if my family moves?
- Books are delivered via 3rd class bulk mail. Address changes should be submitted to the Hancock County Public Library (HCPL).
Will the program follow my child if we move from Hancock County?
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library dictates that the program is geographically based; therefore, the Imagination Library of Hancock County program is made available only to children who are residents of Hancock County. Those who move are encouraged to seek availability of the program in their new community.
Will the same books be delivered to multiple children in the same family?
- It’s possible. If you have twins and enroll both, they will both receive the same books at the same time. Books in the collection are replaced occasionally as determined by the Dollywood Foundation; therefore, it is possible some books will be different for those children born after 2017 from those born in other years. Love and understanding of a common platform of literacy will be shared among children, families, emergency services, schools, medical, and corporate community members. Imagination Library encourages all of Hancock County to be engaged and invested in the future of our children.
Are there bilingual books and books for those with vision impairments included in the collection?
- Yes, there are several bilingual books included in the collection. Books are also available in braille and audio format for the blind and visually impaired children.
How many books will my child receive?
- Children enrolled at birth will receive 60 books, 1 per month until their 5th birthday.
When will my child receive their last book of the program?
- The last book a child receives is on their 5th birthday.
How much must I pay to enroll my child?
- The book program is free to families.
Can I pay for a specific child?
- No, but you can make a gift to the Imagination Library Fund on behalf of all children that will benefit from this program.
How is the expense of books covered and how will funding be secured for the cost of the books?
- Imagination Library is a gift from the community to the children of a community. Although books are free to families, the community bears a financial responsibility.
- Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) is taking the lead role in funding and will work with the community to build a $2 million endowment to cover book expenses and sustain the Imagination Library program. An endowment assures the program will be available to Hancock County children for generations to come.
- The Hancock County Community will be encouraged to invest in the future of our community’s children until the endowment fund is capable of full program support. Until then, HCCF is committed to the program’s success and will provide the financial resources needed to fill funding gaps related to immediate book expenses.
What is an Endowment?
- An endowment is established to benefit a specific charitable agency or organization or program, in this case, Imagination Library
- An endowment strengthens the long-term security of the program allowing it to become less reliant on annual fundraising
- Because the principal of an endowment remains untouched for all time, the fund provides an ongoing, perpetual stream of revenue to cover the expense of books for children