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First Library™, in conjunction with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (imaginationlibrary.com), gives a free, brand new, age-appropriate book each month to every child, under the age of 5, registered in their literacy program, at no cost or financial obligation to their families.*
From the first book every child receives, "The Little Engine That Could", to their last book on their 5th birthday, "Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come", each book is carefully selected by a panel of professionals.
The program is intentionally composed with each book leading to the next. For those children 3 and older, every book has title specific reading tips for the parents to help them maximize their reading experience.
Books are mailed to the child’s home and are marked with their first and last name. If a child is registered as soon as they are born, they can receive up to sixty free books for their own personal first library.
Parents are asked to read to their child daily and maintain library patronage for participation in the program.**
Parents also receive educational support through our First Library™ Newsletter.
New first time parents of children under one year old can fill out an official registration form or request one via mail below.
Official registration forms are required for participation in the program.
*Proof of first time birth (i.e. doctor's note) and local library patronage are required for participation in the program.
**Please see Parent Pledges for library patronage details. Yearly Parent Pledges are required for (continued) participation in the First Library program. Parents are also asked to complete quarterly reading surveys and biannual questionnaires.
First Time Mother
Free Book Monthly
Experts are nearly unanimous in stating that babies should routinely experience shared books as soon as they experience shared talking, that is, during the first weeks and months of life. Butler, D. (1998). Babies need books. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Experts are nearly unanimous in stating that babies should routinely experience shared books as soon as they experience shared talking, that is, during the first weeks and months of life.
Butler, D. (1998). Babies need books. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
More First Library™
First Library is more than a free monthly book program. It’s an incentive and reward program too.
Beyond the daily reading and monthly library visits, First Library parents can earn rewards for free gifts (books) for their child with increased participation to shop at our First Library Book Shop.
The More First Library Shop offers first time mothers (the majority in need) additional free books during their child's first three years of life, through various free reading related activities.
BONUS: First time mothers receive gifts for continued participation.
What our customers are saying
I love this program. What a great thing you're doing. Teaching the importance of Literacy and starting with new parents who may not know how important it is to read to your child. Thank you.
Children who are read to at least three times a week by a family member are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who are read to less than 3 times a week. Denton, Kristen and Gerry West, Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade, U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC, 2002.
Denton, Kristen and Gerry West, Children’s Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Kindergarten and First Grade, U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC, 2002.
First Library™ Request Form
Please fill out the form below to receive an official First Library registration form by mail. Official registration forms are required for participation.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, (imaginationlibrary.com), is a nationwide program that manages the monthly distribution of (First Library's) free books to children from birth to age 5 registered in their affiliate sponsored literacy programs.
These high-quality, age appropriate books are chosen by experts in the education and writing field and are based on the child's age. The program's mission is to instill a love and appreciation of reading in every child, starting at birth, making the experience fun and meaningful.
The free books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library are a mixture of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction for children.
Children will get a book appropriate for their age on different subjects like rhyming, nursery rhymes, letters, safety, diversity and school preparation.