Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can help children love to read just by having print books at home. Every child enrolled will have books of their very own, at no cost to parents, thanks to Marion County Early Childhood Task Force, Families and Communities Together, Inc., and Dolly Parton. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child’s name directly to their home until the child turns five years old and as long as they live within Marion County.
Parents or guardians can sign up a child by submitting an official registration form that can be found on the Imagination Library website.
*For more information call 620-947-3184 (opt. 5)
We are open for business! However, there will be some new rules in place…
To keep the staff and our patrons as safe as possible, we will be asking that everyone abide by these following precautions:
Please wear a mask. City commissioners are requiring it.
On the front desk will be hand-sanitizer for you to use upon entering the library.
Limit of 10 patrons at one time!!!
Limit your browsing time to approximately 15 minutes.
Please use the outside drop box to return all items checked out. Returned items will be quarantined for four days before being placed back into circulation.
Computer use will be limited to 2 people with a 15 minute time limit.
There will be no children’s computers available at this time.
There will be no toys in the children’s area.
Hours will be 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no evening hours or Saturday hours. This may be temporary.
We will also continue offering curbside service for those wanting it.
We appreciate your patience and understanding of the above rules.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
This program is an ongoing early literacy program to get children ready to start reading. Studies have proven that young children who have been read to regularly build the skills they need in order to learn to read. If anyone reads to your child just 1 library book a day for a year, they will have listened to 365 books!
After the children have registered at the library, they will receive a reading chart to record their books. When they complete their first 100 books they will receive a book bag and their next reading chart. The children will receive a prize for every 100 books read till they reach 1000. At 500 books, the child will have a library book dedicated to them that will remain in the library and be a reminder to your family and all the families in our community about the importance of early literacy!
Let’s see what we can accomplish together to benefit our children.
*Update to this program: It is in the process of being revised so that children can still participate but with an online program. We will give further information as it is known.
**Until further notice our book club meetings will be postponed.
Come join this lively group the last Wednesday of every month from 4-5 pm. Discuss what you’ve been reading or sit back and listen to what they’ve been reading!
If you would like to receive emails from the library containing information about upcoming library events, new books, movies, etc., please supply the staff with your email address. Your email address will not be shared with anyone else.
Do you know anyone who would benefit from the Talking Books program?
Talking Books is a program run by the state. Any Kansas citizen that is certified as print impaired due to a visual or physical condition may apply for Talking Books Services. Such conditions may include permanent or temporary blindness, vision loss, physical condition or reading disability. Contact staff to learn more about the service.