Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is helping you give a boost to your child's education by providing free children's books by mail monthly. By reading regularly with children during their pre-school years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. 

Lumber River United Way reached a milestone number of books mailed to children in Robeson County. Over a quarter of a million books have been distributed since the inception of the program in 2012.

Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. They can look forward to new and exciting adventures from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library until your child turns five years old and as long as they remain a resident of Robeson County.  

With the arrival of the first book, the classic “The Little Engine That Could,” children begin to experience the joy that may be found in books. These moments continue each month until the child turns five, and in their very last month in the program, they receive “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.”

Who is eligible?

All children ages birth to five who live in Robeson County is eligible! 


What are my responsibilities?

  • Be a resident of Robeson County 

  • Submit a Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Registration request ( must be filled out by the parent/ guardian). The request must be approved and on file with the Lumber River United Way. 

Four to six weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Robeson County. Be sure to let us know if your address changes while your child is enrolled.

Enjoy reading these books with your child! For more information contact our office at (910) 739-4249 ext. 102.

Our Impact 

The Dolly Imagination Library has mailed over a quarter of million books to children in Robeson County. The program has given a jumpstart on their learning abilities and childhood education. 

Books mailed in Robeson County 


2012 - 3,616

2013 - 21,011

2014 - 25,348 

2015 27,396  

2016 - 27,907 

2017 - 26,074 

2018 - 27,928 

2019 30,381 

2020 - 34,924 

2021-  26,770

2022-  40,545


Breakdown by geographical area and zip code as of 12.08.2022


Fairmont (28340228

Proctorville (28375) 2

St. Paul’s (28384) 291

Lumberton (28358) (28359) (28360) 1,283

Pembroke (28372) 440

Orrum (28369) 65

Maxton (28364) 366

Red Springs (28377) 225

Rex Rennert (28378) 2

Rowland (28383) 207

Shannon (28386) 130

Lumber Bridge (28357) 51

Parkton (28371) 132

Privacy statement: This registration information will not be used for any purpose not related to the Imagination Library. We may contact you to request additional information, alert you to special offers or invite you to special events related to the program.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Registration Form