Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.

How It Works

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child. Oakdale Rotary Club is one of those organizations.

Over 226 million FREE books gifted and counting!

Our club joined this program last year and gifted free books for 150 kids in Oakdale. Club set aside $6000 per year for this project. The enrolled kids receive a free book every month to their names, delivered to their home address, until they turn 5 years old. 

How long does it take to start receiving books?

Books are mailed to almost 2 million children a month. Book orders will be placed a month in advance. Depending on when you register your child, it may take up to eight to twelve weeks for the first book to arrive. After that, the books will come monthly.

Are books age appropriate?

Yes, All books within the program are age-appropriate and are selected by early childhood experts. More information about the Book Committee can be found at and select “Choosing Our Books under your country’s menu.  

Is this available only in Oakdale, CA?

In order for a program to be available in a community, there must have a local partner to cover the book and mailing cost for a specific geographic area. By having the overhead expenses covered, all of the money raised locally goes straight back into the community and allows more children to receive books each month. The Oakdale Rotary is spearheading this program locally. 


Send Us A Note

Want to learn more about the Oakdale High School Interact Club? 

You want to be added to the imagination library, what happens next?

The Oakdale Rotary has partnered with Dollywood Foundation to provide FREE books to children in Oakdale and Stanislaus County.

How do I sign up my child for this program?

Submit a request by completing our Imagination Library Form >>

How do I know which books my child will receive?

The Dollywood Foundation has curated a comprehensive list of books, based on age and learning levels. View List Here >>

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. 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.”

Dolly Parton

"I LOVE this program and I LOVE the discussion guides, they give me new and age appropriate questions to ask."

Parent, Witchita KS

"I am very impressed with the book selection and the quality of the books. My son and I look forward to receiving the book in our mailbox monthly."

Parent, Dansbury, CT

Get in Touch

(510) 759-9229

[email protected]


Meeting Hours & Location

Wednesday – 12:00 pm
Oakdale Country Club
243 N Stearns Rd, Oakdale, CA 95361