Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program


When a child has access to books, their world becomes larger and their imagination soars. They are better prepared for school and better prepared for life. In fact, research has shown that the number of books in a child’s home is significantly linked to reading scores. The more books, the better the score.

United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library want to help more kids have books in their homes. Through the program, books are delivered directly to the child’s home – one per month – until he’s 5 years old. That means, by the time he goes to kindergarten, he’ll have his own library full of wonderful worlds and far-off places. He’ll be more excited to read and to learn, setting him up for a productive future.

Is My Child Eligible for FREE Books?

  1. Preschool children from birth until their fifth birthday are eligible.
  2. Must live in the 71064, 71103, 71106, 71109, 71111, 71112 zip code or any zip code in Natchitoches, Red River or DeSoto Parishes.

What Are My Responsibilities?

  1. Submit an official registration form.
  2. Notify United Way of Northwest Louisiana if the child’s address changes.
  3. Read with your child.

When Will My Child Receive Books?

Approximately six to ten weeks after your registration form is submitted to the United Way office, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the designated zip codes.

How Do I Register?

Click on the links below to register or call the United Way office at 318-677-2504 x123 to receive an application by mail.

Shreveport-Bossier Natchitoches Parish

Red RiverDeSoto

Thanks to our Sponsors for underwriting this important program for our community!

Operation Imagination

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program is only made possible by donors and sponsors. Your support is an investment in the children – and the future – of our region. A donation of $30 helps to provide one book monthly to a child in our community and helps to ensure they will be better prepared to start school ready to learn.

Contact Jennifer Martin at for more information regarding corporate sponsorships.