United Way of Olmsted County is committed to supporting learning and development and a sense of belonging for children and youth so that they become responsible and contributing adults. We want to ensure children have positive developmental opportunities so that they can start school ready to succeed. We want to grow success in learning and in life.
Since we started the The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in 2006, over 11,500 Olmsted County children have graduated!
Through generous donations from United Way of Olmsted County donors, we provide one book each month to over 6,000 children in Olmsted County from birth to age 5 whose parents enrolled them. These sturdy, colorful, age appropriate books are delivered directly to the child. Each book is selected for the developmental benefits it brings - and for the fun. There is no charge, fee or donation required or expected to enroll. If you would like to donate, United Way of Olmsted County appreciates donations to offset costs of the The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. The local cost of the program is $30.00 per child, per year.
Parents or guardians can register their child (or children) under five by submitting a registration form (In Spanish) to United Way of Olmsted County. Forms are also available at the United Way of Olmsted County office.
We are currently serving at program capacity. You may experience an enrollment delay and be put on a short waiting list once your registration form has been received in our office. We will admit new children to the program on a first come, first serve basis.
Once enrolled, **Please allow at least 8 - 12 weeks for delivery. Not all books are shipped at the same time. Households enrolling children of different ages should expect books for each child to arrive at different times.
Change of Address
To insure your child's The Dolly Parton Imagination Library books reach their home, please complete a change of address form