Welcome to the Imagination Library of Montgomery County, Maryland

CURRENT STATUS: Registration is open!

Coming Soon: Gaithersburg, Laytonsville and Montgomery Village zip code 20879 will be added April 5, 2023

We want children to enjoy and share the magic of books.

As an affiliate of of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, we provide free, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. Each month a carefully selected, new book will arrive in the mail, allowing children to build their own personal libraries, regardless of family income. 

We aim to foster the parent-child connection through a love of books. When young children are read to by adults and start learning to read at an early age, they develop literacy skills that prepare them to succeed in school. Books have the power to engage the imagination and contribute to a brighter future!

Sign your child up to receive free books!

Children age zero to five in the  zip codes we serve (20850, 20851, 20876, 20877, 20886, 20895, 20902, 20903, 20906, 20912 - and starting April 5, 2023: 20879) can receive free, high-quality, age-appropriate books - delivered every month!

If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under age 5, we invite you to enroll your child at the child's home address (business addresses are not permitted).  

If you have several children under 5, each child can be enrolled separately and receive their own books.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was started by Dolly in her home state of Tennessee in 1995. 

She felt that the seeds of children’s dreams could often be found in books. She was further inspired by her own beloved father, who could not read or write. Visit About Us to learn more about Dolly's story and our story! More information about the history and impact of  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available on the national website.

Support our mission! 

Every dollar makes a difference. A gift of $25 can provide one a child with a new book each month for a year. A recurring monthly gift of $25 can provide a new book each month to 12 children! 

Give online using the DONATE NOW button, or mail a check to: Imagination Library of Montgomery County Maryland , 6106 Harvard Avenue  - Box 346, Glen Echo, MD  20812

When you click the Donate Now button, you will be redirected to the national Imagination Library website to make your gift. Our affiliate code will automatically be entered on the donation form. 

You can help share the joy and magic of books.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed tremendous strains on many families with young children - and created new challenges for the nonprofit groups who seek to serve them. During these unprecedented times, we need the support of friends, volunteers, and advocates more than ever! 

There are several ways you can get involved and help us share the love of reading and promote childhood literacy.  Learn More