Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Gainesville Thrives is pleased to announce our affiliation with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to deliver a free book once a month to children age 0-4.

Any parent or caregiver of a child can register  with the button below. The program is currently active in zip codes 32601, 32607, 32608, 32609, and 32641!

How It Works

When a child is registered online or by brochure, Gainesville Thrives enters them into the Imagination Library system. Within a month or two, the child will receive a special edition of The Little Engine That Could™ welcoming them to the program. Then, they will receive an additional 

age-appropriate book every month until they turn five at no cost to the parent/guardian.

Support the Program

As there is no cost incurred to the family for any books received, we rely on generous contributions from the community and people like you! The cost to register a child for a year of monthly home-delivered books is $27.  If you are unable to give, spread the word among friends, coworkers and colleagues! Together we can make a difference.

A gift of any amount can be given here, or sent via check to

Gainesville Thrives, PO Box 15312, Gainesville, FL 32604, with the memo line marked as ‘Imagination Library’ or ‘DPIL’. 

Groups & Businesses


We need all the help we can get! Groups, congregations, businesses, and more are welcome to reach out to us to find out more about the program and ways to contribute directly. If you would like to have enrollment brochures to distribute to parents of young children, email us at to request the number you’d like, or leave a message at (352) 358-1877. 


More About the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has become the preeminent early

childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation

has mailed well over 160 million free books in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United

Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality,

age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to their fifth birthday. 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 the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

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