Russell County Affiliate

The Russell Public Library is proud to be the Russell County Affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!

The Imagination Library is a program for children birth to age 5 where children receive a new, age-appropriate book mailed directly to their home every month at NO COST to the family.  The books are mailed directly to the child in order to create a sense of excitement and bond with the books.


The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is the fiscal sponsor and will provide the funding for all 26 counties it serves in Northwest Kansas!  We have partnered with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and DSNWK of Russell to provide this service to preschool aged children in Russell County.  Registration can be done online by clicking the following link, by printing off an application and returning it to the Russell Public Library, or by picking up an application at the Russell Public Library circulation desk.  Please allow up to 12 or more weeks for your books to begin arriving.  If after 12 weeks you still have not received your first book, log in to your Imagination Library account to check that registration has been accepted.  If you have any questions after that, contact Jessica by calling the Library.



Their Vision:

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Making A Difference:

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

We are proud to be partnering with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide preschool aged children in Russell County the educational start they need to succeed.  If you have any questions about this program, give us a call anytime!