The Imagination Library of New Mexico

At the request of the Dollywood Foundation, the Imagination Library of Grant County will spearhead the effort to make the Imagination Library available to all of New Mexico’s preschool children.  The Dollywood Foundation will not consider New Mexico a statewide program until every preschool child is eligible to register for this program.  We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’re making good progress.

Our Role

As The Imagination Library of Grant County, doing business as The Imagination Library of New Mexico, we will coordinate efforts to:

  • Encourage the establishment of new affiliates,
  • Support existing affiliates, and
  • Invigorate affiliates that have become inactive.

Click here to see a map of New Mexico that shows our current coverage.  There are, at this writing, 38 active affiliates in the state including 16 on Tribal lands.

We serve as the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for affiliates in Catron, Curry, Harding, and Eddy Counties and the Moreno Valley in Colfax County and are funding the Quemado and Reserve School Districts in Catron County.

We have helped start affiliates in Bernalillo, Catron, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Los Alamos, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Mora, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro, Union and Taos Counties and consulted with Santa Fe county officials as they wrote their RFP that ultimately created their affiliate operated by the United Way of Santa Fe County.

16,000 children in the state are enrolled in this program and receive a free book, addressed to the child, each month.

The three main factors limiting the number of children actually receiving books are the rural characteristics of our state, the lack of 501(c)(3) organizations able to sponsor an affiliate in rural areas and the lack of available funding.

Thanks to our encouragement, at least two bilingual books are being mailed each year to children at each age level across the entire country.

How to Get Involved

In order to establish or sponsor an affiliate, you must either be a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization; be associated with one as your fiscal sponsor; or be a school district.  This requirement must be met in order to satisfy the Unites States Postal Service requirement to mail books at the bulk mail rate.

If your city, county or region is not currently involved and you would like to facilitate the creation of an affiliate please contact the Dollywood Foundation at or us at

We look forward to making this great gift available to all preschool children in New Mexico.

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