Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.

In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.

The Smart Start network, made up of 75 local partnerships that serve our state’s communities, is signing up families across NC for Imagination Library which is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. Together, we are working together to ensure children develop a love of reading early on.




Thanks to funding from the NC Legislature and local partners, Chatham County children ages birth to four years old can receive a new book in the mail each month at no cost to the family.




You can support the Imagination Library by attending our benefit concert with Siler City Rotary and NuBlu on December 2, 2017 or by making a donation.


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