Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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Sign-ups for Dolly Parton Imagination Library for specific areas in Logan County are LIVE!  The elgible towns and villages in Logan County are: Beason, Broadwell, Chestnut, Cornland, Elkhart, Emden, Hartsburg, Latham, Middletown, Mt. Pulaski and New Holland! 

All children under the age of 5 in these cities and villages are eligible. Click here to register your child.

If you live in the Hartsburg-Emden school district but have a zip code besides 62643 or 62635, Mrs. Folkman will have to enroll you manually. Please email her at and she'll be happy to take care of you.

This program is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation - Ruth Carey Education Endowment Fund and the IPCF Annual Campaign Fund and is administered by the United Way of Logan County.  The program expansion to Mt. Pulaski was made possible by a gift from the Tomlinson Charitable Trust! 


Dolly Parton believes that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything.  Through her Imagination Library Program, she wants to ensure all children have books at home, regardless of the environment in which they live. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world.  They partner with local communities to provide one free, high-quality book each month to our children from birth to age five.  These books are selected by early childhoos experts to be age-appropriage, personalized with the childn's name and mailed directly to the child's home.  This creates a gifting experience that makes books exciting and encourages families to spend time enjoying books together. 

Reading aloud to children at a young age can positively impact their brain development:  When preschool children listen to stories, it activates the areas of their brains that are associated with processing images and narrative comprehension. Pediatrics - Journal of the American Academy of PediatricsWith support from local funders and partners, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available to all chidren, at no cost to the family, regardless of income.  This model helped the Imagination Library receive a coveted Best Practice Award from the U.S. Library of Congress for addressing social barriers to literacy. 

Learn more:  Educators and Community Leaders      Parents and Caregivers

Visit  to access proven and trusted resources for parents and caregivers including tips for reading to children and family engagement activities. 

The cost per month is just $2.10 per child - or $25 per year! A gift of $125 supports all five years for one Logan County Child.  Support a child to start a lifetime of learning today. Donate at