Imagination Library

dolly-parton-ILDolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The MONARCH TRAIN has partnered with the Imagination Library to make the program available to children in Idaho, who live in Shoshone County.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Her goal was to instill an early love of reading and to help prepare children for kindergarten. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to the homes of children, Dolly 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.

Books create entire worlds where children can dream of becoming exactly who they want to be. Every child should have access to the imaginative opportunities books provide.

If you have a child under the age of 5 and you live in Shoshone county, you can now register them for the Imagination Library. Click on this link to register.

You can also help us with our mission by donating in one of the following ways:

Please donate through our PayPal page here.

Send us a check for any amount you would like to contribute. Please make checks or money orders payable to:

PO Box 3041
Post Falls, Idaho 83877


If you shop on Amazon, you can use our donation link to do your shopping. This has zero impact on you or your wallet. It is simply an Amazon service to give back to local communities. They donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to us when you choose to support our mission. Please click on the link below to easily set this up.


The MONARCH TRAIN is one of the select nonprofits to be an approved Facebook charity. You can easily start a fundraising campaign on our behalf. You can either choose to do a fundraiser just for fun or you can choose to do a birthday campaign, with us as the benefactor. You can get started here:

Your donation is completely tax deductible. Our EIN is 82-5287260.

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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