Imagination Library of Elkton, Kentucky

Elkton Mayor Arthur Green announces the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Elkton, Kentucky. Imagination Library mails a new book to each registered child every month until the child turns five years old. Green stated, “By participating in the Imagination Library, we are providing books for the children of Elkton to explore the world from their home. Reading is the key to learning and developing that great imagination. I am glad the Elkton City Council has budgeted for this program to support the education of the children located in Elkton.”

To qualify for the Imagination Library of Elkton, Kentucky program, children ages birth to age 5 must reside in the city limits of Elkton and can apply to participate in the program for free. Once the child is registered and the child’s residency in the city is confirmed, the child can expect his or her first book to arrive in the mail within eight to ten weeks.

Starting the program in Elkton was the idea of Michael Case, Elkton City Council member. Case’s interest was sparked by recent discussions about Elkton’s Bicentennial celebration in 2020. “Elkton’s commitment to education has been evident throughout our two-hundred-year history,” said Case. He continued, “The Green River Academy’s education of young women, the Milliken Memorial Community House’s lending library, and the city government’s donation of land for the Vanderbilt Training School are all examples of our city’s commitment to education. I am very proud to have played a role in reaffirming that commitment by helping organize a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library on the occasion of Elkton’s Bicentennial.”

People interested in learning more about the Imagination Library of Elkton, Kentucky and how to sign up can contact Elkton City Hall at 270-265-9877 or visit the Imagination Library Page.

Since its launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 100 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring children to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched, and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit