The Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Improving early literacy & fostering a love of reading among children and their families

To better prepare Louisiana's young children for successful literacy in kindergarten, VOA's Partnerships in Child Care program has teamed up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide children birth to age 5 with a free high quality age-appropriate book mailed directly to their home each month, no matter their family's income.  Our local efforts are part of the successful national program founded by Dolly Parton in her home state of Tennessee.

Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana is a local affiliate partner of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library making the program available to children here in our local communities. With the help of corporate sponsorships, grants, and individual donations, VOA works to provide books to children and families in 10 parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

$150 = cost of providing an Imagination Library book to one child each month for 5 years!

To sponsor a child, classroom or make a general donation:



Contact Kate Bradshaw, Development Director 

All children currently enrolled in the Imagination Library program will continue to be enrolled until aged out upon their 5th birthday. 

For information on how to enroll your child in the program, contact

Melanie Miller, Training Coordinator, Partnerships in Child Care

Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, one book will arrive each month in the mail addressed to the child enrolled in the program at their home address.

To learn more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, visit:

Thank you to The Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Foundation Grant for sponsoring young children in East Baton Rouge Parish.