Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Members in TCEC’s Oklahoma service area can sign their child/children up to receive a free book from birth until their fifth birthday once a month. TCEC has partnered with the Dolly Parton Foundation and the Oklahoma State Department of Education to be your local affiliate, bringing the Imagination Library to the Panhandle. Dolly Parton and TCEC believe you can do anything, dream anything, and be anything if you can read. Through Dolly’s Imagination Library program, she wants to ensure all children have books at home, regardless of the environment in which they grow up.  

“We are so excited to bring this program to our area,” said JuliAnn Graham, TCEC communications manager. “Encouraging literacy and reading is a part of our commitment to the community.” 

How it works 
Now that the program has launched, members can sign up to receive their monthly book. The Imagination Library books are specially-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality books delivered to registered children each month. These books are personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home to create a gifting experience that makes books exciting and shows the child someone is thinking of them. Every book is selected with a special purpose, from the first book, “The Little Engine That Could” to the last book, “Kindergarten, Here I Come!” 

The impact 
When parents and caregivers read to their children, it exposes them to a larger, more diverse vocabulary and a greater variety of sentence structures than just talking to them. Children develop concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, phonological awareness and improved memory – all essential skills leading to school readiness and future academic success. 

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Parents can support their child’s education by sharing books as part of their everyday routine. Establishing these critical connections and communication pathways helps families prepare young children before entering school.