What children are eligible?
All children under the age of five will be eligible to receive books. We will roll out registration by individual zip codes. As of October 2010, enrollment is available to those children with mailing addresses in 81501, 81503, 81504, 81505, 81506 or 81507. As funding is secured, we will expand to include additional zip codes in the Grand Valley.
How do you register an eligible child?
Registration can be done online or be completing and returning a registration brochure.Please go to the Registration Page on our website for complete information about registering your child.
Is it really free?
Yes!Grand Junction Imagination Library, in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was intended as a gift to all children, therefore it is absolutely free.
Who pays for this program?
This program is sponsored by local foundations, service clubs, business and individuals that have made donations to the Grand Junction Imagination Library.
Why are books available to all children verses just to those families who can’t afford books?
This is a gift to all of our children. It is not a charity or a social service. It is our community uniting to give children the gift of reading. Like all gifts to children, you cannot choose one over another. We never want children to feel left out or singled out. Therefore the books are for all the children in the community.
When will the books arrive?
Allow 8 – 12 weeks for the first book to be delivered after registering your child.
Not all books are shipped at the same time.Households enrolling children of different ages should expect books for each child to arrive at different times.
What if I have multiple children?
All eligible children in Grand Junction may be registered for this program, even if a sibling is also registered.
Who will use my child’s name and address?
Only the Dollywood Foundation for the express purpose of mailing the books.
How are the books selected?
A national committee of childhood education experts selects the books for the Imagination Library, which has included such well-loved classics as The Little Engine That Could, Spot Goes to the Farm, Snowy Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.
The committee also determines and age-appropriate timeline for book themes, including: visual and playful stimulation in year one; repetition and body awareness in year two; love, colors and letters in year three, diversity of others and poetry in year four; and finally riddles, science and appreciation in year five.
New titles are introduced ear year so younger siblings may not receive the exact same books as their older siblings.
If I move, will the books be forwarded?
No, because of the postage used to mail the books, they will not be forwarded.Please contact us as soon as possible with your new address and phone number.