Imagination Library, a program started by Dolly Parton in 1996, sends a new, age-appropriate, high-quality book in the mail each month to children under the age of 5 at no cost to their families. Participating in Imagination Library increases family reading time and has been shown to help children begin kindergarten prepared.
As the umbrella organization for Imagination Libraries across Alaska, Best Beginnings provides technical support, training, funding, and ensures the statewide network of Imagination Libraries stays strong so books will keep coming to thousands of Alaska children each month.
To enroll your child in Imagination Library, check if the program is available in your area.
- Find an Imagination Library in Your Area
- View Imagination Library Books and Activities
- Volunteer with Imagination Library
Bringing Imagination Library to Your Community
Each and every Imagination Library in Alaska has been started by caring organizations and people who want to ensure the children in their community begin kindergarten ready to succeed.
The Dollywood Foundation selects the books, helps keep the cost low, and ships every book directly from Tennessee. In each community, the key to the program’s success is a nonprofit fiscal sponsor and a committee that will enroll children, raise funds, keep the mailing list updated, and engage families.
To learn more visit the Imagination Library’s website or reach out to Best Beginnings.
Support Imagination Library in Alaska
Community support makes Imagination Library possible. A gift of $30 will enable a child to receive a brand new book each month for an entire year. A gift of $150 will ensure a child receives a book each month from birth to age 5. Every gift matters. Make a donation today.
To read about the difference Imagination Library in Alaska is making, read the Imagination Library Alaska Parent Survey 2018 report. Additional research and reports on the Imagination Library program can be found here.
The Road to 2 Million Books: A Brief History of Imagination Library in Alaska