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Free Books in the Mail for Children 0-5!

Dolly's Imagination Library started in Norman County in 2020.

TO DONATE - Mail a check to Gary Cares, PO Box 66, Gary, MN 56545

or donate online using the link below.

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  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library NC

A Letter From Dolly

“Hi everybody. This is Dolly.

Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I had ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.

Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children.

Of course, I have not done this alone. The real heroes of our story are the thousands of local organizations who have embraced my dream and made it their own. They raise millions of dollars each year and wake up every day with a passion to make sure their kids have every opportunity to succeed.

It’s been quite a journey but we have so much more left to do. I would love for your community to join our family so please take the time to explore our website. Let’s share this dream that all children should grow up in a home full of books.

“The first step is always the hardest, but you’ll never know unless you try…”

~Dolly Parton

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

   Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they turn 5, no matter their family’s income. Gary Cares is partnering with local parents and organizations to bring this program to Norman County. Thank you for your donation!

To our organizations, cities, individuals or clubs that have a special place in their hearts toward reading and early childhood development, please consider a one-time, monthly, or annual donation toward the Imagination Library Project so we can help our community access free books for children.


We have been blessed with financial donations from most of Norman County's cities, Legions, Lions, and other community organization. We couldn't do this without community support!

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