Dolly Parton is known for founding the Imagination Library in 1996. The Imagination Library project was started as a service to preschoolers in Sevier County, Tennessee. From the day they are born, children who register for the program receive a free book every month until their fifth birthday. Any preschooler living in the community may enter the program at any time and begin receiving an age-appropriate book every month until his or her fifth birthday.
Under the expansion guidelines for the Imagination Library program, any community in the United States is invited to replicate the project.