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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library-Benzie

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that provides free, high-quality books mailed monthly to a child from birth to his/her 5th birthday. This program is open to all children, regardless of their family’s income. There is no cost to parents who enroll their children.


Dolly Parton Imaginagion Library LogoDolly Parton's Imagination Library is a program that provides free, high-quality books mailed monthly to a child from birth to his/her 5th birthday.  This program is open to all children, regardless of their family’s  income.  There is no cost to parents who enroll their children. 

Families living in either the Benzie County Central or Frankfort-Elberta school district will be able to register their children age birth to 4 years & 10 months for the program. Parents may go online to www.imaginationlibrary.com and search Benzie County under the Affiliate Locator. Families  living in the Benzie County Central school district and and who live in Manistee County, must fill out a paper application. Please visit the Library to pick up your application today!

Dolly began the Imagination Library in 1995 because she wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families.  She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create.  Today, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends more than one million books per month to children around the world inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More.

Studies have shown that children who participate in the Imagination Library and whose parents read to them daily from birth have higher kindergarten readiness skills in language and math.  Furthermore, these children have higher scores in reading development in second grade. 

While this is a free program for families that register their children, start-up funding for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-Benzie County was provided by the following organizations:

Rotary District 6290      

Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club

Frankfort Rotary Club

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Missions Projects    

For information on the Benzie County kick-off events in March and April, go to the Advocates for Benzie County website https://advocatesforbenziecounty.org/

For more information, please call the Library at 231-378-2716.



Upcoming Events
A Universe of Stories 2019 Summer Reading Program at the BVDL Jun 25, 2019 10:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
A Universe of Stories 2019 Summer Reading Program at the BVDL Jun 26, 2019 10:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Magical Moon! Story Hour at the BVDL Jun 26, 2019 11:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
A Universe of Stories 2019 Summer Reading Program at the BVDL Jun 27, 2019 10:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
A Universe of Stories 2019 Summer Reading Program at the BVDL Jun 28, 2019 10:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
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