About Us

Who We Are:
Our governing body is a small board of 7 local residents who meet quarterly to oversee the operation of the Library.  We received our non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service in October of 2011.  We have one part-time employee, our Program Coordinator, who helps register children, recruits and manages volunteers, makes informational presentations to interested community organizations and assists in grant writing and other administrative details. 

The Dollywood Foundation manages our secure database of children and oversees the monthly shipping of books.  We raise funds locally from individuals, businesses and service organizations to cover the cost of the books and postage. We also apply to area and state-wide foundations for additional funding.

How did the Imagination Library of Grant County come to be?
In October, 2010, two retired teachers transplanted in Silver City heard about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library from a friend in Minnesota.  After exploring what it would take to start an affiliate in their new setting they decided to give it a try.  In December they placed their first order of 8 books.

They began small, enrolling pre-school children living in Bayard, Hurley, Mimbres and Santa Clara.  After their first annual appeal and with the support of friends and local businesses, they began to expand adding one zip code at a time. By the spring of 2012 they were sending books to all of Grant County. They now send over 1,250 books each month to 83% of the preschool children of the county in addition to assisting other affiliates across the state.

How Did It All Begin?
In 1995, Dolly Parton started a program so that every child in her home county of Sevier, Tennessee, could receive their own library of books. It was so successful that she found a way for communities across the country to replicate the program.

Today there are over 1,800 affiliates like ours across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Since its beginning, over 85,500,000 books have been mailed to pre-school children. Over 1,037,452 books were mailed directly to the homes of enrolled children in August of 2017 from the foundation’s mailing house in Knoxville, TN.

Dolly says, “This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities in your community!”

 

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