Imagination LibraryIn 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.



Since 2015 – Matt’s Ministry has funded the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Program in Clay County, NC.  Dolly’s international program encourages literacy at a young age and offers communities the opportunity to partner with her organization and distribute books to preschool age children.  Today her effort’s distribute more than a 1,000,000 books a month to children across the US and Canada, and in Europe inspiring them to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More..

Because of Matt’s funding partnership more than 400 Clay county children age birth to pre-k receive a new book – in the mail each month which can be read to them by a family member. The funds for this project come from the fund raising efforts of Matt’s volunteers and community donations for this purpose.  Children can be registered at any time during the calendar year.

Who Is Eligible?
Preschool children (birth until their fifth birthday) who reside in Clay County.

What Are My Responsibilities?

  1. Be a resident of Clay County.
  2. Submit an official registration form,(Clay Cty pdf) completely filled out by parent or guardian (form must be approved and on file with Matt’s Ministry).
  3. Notify Matt’s Ministry any time the child’s address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact the address on this brochure in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

When Will I Receive Books?
Eight to ten weeks after a  registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Clay County. The registration from can be found on the About Us page under Dolly Parton Imagination Library section.

How Can I Help?
Do you know a preschool child in Clay County who is not receiving Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? Give their parents a brochure/registration form and encourage them to fill it out and mail it to the address below. Telling them about this FREE program can make a huge difference in their future and the future of our community


If you know of a business, organization or individual who would like to donate funds to support Dolly Parton Book Program for Clay County children, donations can be sent to::


Matt’s Ministry
P.O. Box 205

Hayesville, NC 28904
(828) 361-9083

 Click here to download the Brochure and the Dolly Parton form


Click HERE to visit the Imagination Library.