Dolly Parton's Imagination Library- Dillon and Robeson Counties

Welcome to a World of Imagination!

Dillon and Robeson Counties, get ready for the Imagination Library, a magical journey of books and literacy for children aged birth to 5 years.

What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a renowned literacy program founded by the legendary Dolly Parton whose father could not read. This initiative is dedicated to fostering a love for reading among children from birth to age five.

Every month, children enrolled in the program receive a high-quality, age-appropriate book mailed directly to their homes, at no cost to their families. The first book your child will receive is "The Little Engine Who Could" and when they turn 5, they will receive "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come."

Why should I enroll my child in the program?

Dolly Parton believes that focusing on early literacy allows children to dream, learn, and be more!

Lumber River United Way wants to SPARK a love of learning by gifting books to children in Dillon and Robeson Counties. Research has shown that an increased number of books in a child's home combined with positive attitudes about reading and increased time spent reading with caregivers results in kindergarten literacy readiness.

Who is eligible to enroll in the Imagination Library?

All children residing in Dillon and Robeson County areas between birth and five can enroll in the Imagination Library. Your child will receive books mailed to them monthly until their 5th birthday if they live in a covered geographic area.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has mailed over a quarter of a 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
2023-  43,135
2024-  43,593

Breakdown by geographical area and zip code as of 6.13.2024

Fairmont (28340) 259
Proctorville (28375) 2
St. Paul’s (28384) 295
Lumberton (28358) (28359) (28360) 1,336
Pembroke (28372) 405
Orrum (28369) 60
Maxton (28364) 392
Red Springs (28377) 241
Rex Rennert (28378) 1
Rowland (28383) 202
Shannon (28386) 130
Lumber Bridge (28357) 57
Parkton (28371) 186





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International paper

RC Community Foundation


First bank

Additional Sponsors:

City of Lumberton Mayor and City Council

Commissioner David Edge

Commissioner Pauline Campbell

Commissioner Wixie Stephens

Commissioner Tom Taylor

Dillon County Library System

Dr. Katie Lowry

John Luther Mclean & Isabelle Gray Mclean Trust

Kiwanis of Robeson Lumberton

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Sandra Oliver

The Caton Family Charitable Trust

The Town of Pembroke

Pembroke Chamber of Commerce

The Robesonian