Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book-gifting program for kids from birth until they turn five and an integral part of the "reading pathway" QCV is creating for kids in central and southside Virginia. Over the past 28 years, DPIL has given away more than 199 million high-quality, age-appropriate books. Books are selected each year by a panel of early childhood education experts and each month a book is mailed directly to kids at no cost to their families.
Kids need "home libraries" to develop vocabulary and reading skills. DPIL provides books for kids under five. Racquets for Reading!!! provides books and FUN giveaways for Virginia Preschool Initiative preschoolers and kindergartners in schools with lower reading scores and higher free or reduced lunch eligibility.
When we started advocating for DPIL in November 2020, there were two chapters in the 28 counties we serve. Today there are DPIL programs in 17 QCV counties. We partnered with a member of the Virginia House of Delegates to have the bi-ennial Budget amended to fund 50% of the costs of DPIL statewide, effective July 2022. We've been helping start chapters ever since in our service area and all over the state.
As Dolly says, "You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children."
If you'd like to donate to help start a local chapter in your area and/or would like to sustain an existing chapter, we can point you in the right direction.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Supporters
- 100+ Women Who Care Charlottesville (Fluvanna)
- Empower Broadband (Greensville)
- Power of Change (Rappahannock Electric Cooperative) (Greene)
- Southside Electric Cooperative (TBD)
- Kendra Scott (Fluvanna)
- James & Lisa Cioban (Fluvanna)
- Three Chopt Ruritan Club (Fluvanna)
- J.S. Turner Farms, in memory of Geraldine "Jerrie" Kalani Smethurst (Fluvanna)
When DPIL goes statewide in Virginia, Dolly will come for a celebration!!! Let's get this done!