Oklahoma now a part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Oklahoma families can now sign up their child (up to 5-years-old) to receive a free book in the mail every month at no cost as part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister made the announcement Tuesday.

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The Imagination Library program was developed after several studies showed children with access to books in their homes develop early literacy skills, which helps them get ahead once they start school.

The OSDE will use approximately $2.5 million of its federal emergency relief funding to match local funds in support of the program, ensuring up to 2.3 million books are distributed to Oklahoma children by the end of 2024. To enroll a child in the program click here.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is still looking for community partners in all areas of the state. Right now, there are 13 affiliates covering 82 cities/towns. The program will cover all 77 counties as soon as more partners get onboard.

Just last month, Dolly traveled to Delaware and Arkansas to celebrate the states achieving coverage statewide. She explained the reason she started this program was because of her “daddy”.

“We grew up in a very rural area, poor people, mountain people. And my dad didn’t get a chance to go to school. Daddy couldn’t read and write but he was such a smart man,” Parton explained. “...but this is to honor him.”