Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to Jessamine County

Published 11:20 am Friday, April 1, 2022

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NICHOLASVILLE — Jessamine County Public Library (JCPL), in partnership with Jessamine County’s Ready to Learn Committee, invites county residents to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a free book-gifting program that provides a hand-picked, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five.

“JCPL is so pleased to partner with the Ready to Learn Committee to ensure every young child in our community has access to books that they can call their own,” said Sarah Underwood, Children’s Librarian at JCPL. “We hope this program will foster a lifetime love of reading and learning in our kids.”

Andrea Neilsen of the Ready to Learn Committee added, “In Jessamine County, we have been working hard to promote quality early learning experiences for children that will help them be more successful when they start school. These books will nurture vocabulary and language skills, promote meaningful interactions, and encourage children to learn about their world.”

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Registration for the Imagination Library of Jessamine County is available now! Parents and caregivers wishing to learn more and register children can visit or contact Sarah Underwood, Children’s Librarian, at
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 well over 172 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.8 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled children from birth to age five.

Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. 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.

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