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Marion gets Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program

MARION, Iowa (KWWL) - The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program is now available in the city of Marion. The program sends a book by mail once a month to kids ages 0 to 5, until they age out of the program.

“The Friends of the Marion Public Library is beyond excited to bring this program to Marion residents. Increasing access to books in the home and igniting a lifelong love and appreciation for literacy can only have a positive impact on reading proficiency for Marion children," said Bob Hoyt, President of the Friends of the Marion Public Library.

If you live in the 52302-zip code area and would like to register your child, registration cards are available at Marion Public Library.

There is also the opportunity for anyone to sponsor one child annually for the program with a donation of $25. To donate, visit 

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit

See KWWL's coverage of when Cedar Rapids got the program:

Abby Turpin

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