United Way of Southeast Mississippi is now accepting applications to register children in Forrest and Lamar counties for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Once registered, your child will receive, by mail, one age-appropriate book each month until age 5. Ensuring that children have access to books from the time they are born helps United Way reach its goal of improving early childhood education and kindergarten readiness for children in our community.
About Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a national program hosted throughout the country by local organizations. Dolly Parton started this book gifting program in 1995, originally in her home county in East Tennessee after being inspired by her own father’s inability to read and write.
How It Works
The cost for a year's worth of books is an estimated $30 per child. Thanks to donors and sponsorships, funding has been secured to cover this fee for children living in Hattiesburg Public School District, Forrest County School District, and Lamar County School District. The Petal Education Foundation funds children in Petal School District. If your child is between the ages of 0-5 and lives in Forrest or Lamar counties, please register here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/
Your child will receive their first book in about two months.
Is your child going to be four years old by September 1st? Click below to learn about one of our local Early Learning Collaboratives.
- Hattiesburg Early Learning Collaborative
- Lamar County Early Learning Collaborative
- Marion County and Columbia Early Learning Collaborative
Thank you to our sponsors!
Forrest County Board of Supervisors
Hattiesburg Public Schools
Lamar County School District