August 25, 2017

Based on the results reviewed in this report, it is apparent that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s rst 18 months in Middletown have proven a stunning success and that the program has the potential to evolve into one of the most vital assets in our community. Whether these successes continue as the project increases its enrollment to more and more families over coming years will be the true test of its worth.

February 12, 2013

This study examines the association between participation in the Imagination Library early childhood literacy program and early language and math skills at kindergarten entry. The findings suggest participation in the program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development.  

June 15, 2015

Previous research has established a link between parents reading to their children regularly and increased literacy levels. Implicit in much of this research and programs that provide books to families is that greater access to books will lead to increased shared book-reading. We examine this assumption by testing the effects of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library – a program that delivers via mail one book per month to children from birth to age 5 in over 1,000 communities across the United States and Europe.  

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