The Imagination Library program was started in Dolly Parton's hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. In the beginning Dolly sent every child from birth to five years old in Sevierville a free, high quality, age appropriate, educator selected books every month. Since its inception, this program has spread to all 95 counties in Tennessee, some areas in all 50 states, and Australia, Great Britain, and Canada with each program financing the purchase of its books. The cost of the books is matched in Tennessee by the Governor's Early Literacy Foundation with McMinn County's part being approximately $12 per year for each child registered. In McMinn County there are approximately 2, 850 children in this age range, and on average 2550 of them are registered. The MCEF is always trying to find the other 300, or so, children. Because of the high percentage of children registered in McMinn County, this program is usually ranked number 1 or 2 in the state out of all 95 counties.
Please enjoy this slideshow of images from McMinn County's Imagination Library
How to sponsor a child for Imagination Library in McMinn County Mail check to MCEF, PO Box 2, Athens, Tennessee 37371-0002 For One Year - $12 For Two Years - $24 For Three Years - $36 For Four Years - $48 For All Five Years - $60