Dolly Parton's Imagination Library,

presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across the world. They partner with local communities to provide a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost. Founded by entertainer Dolly Parton in 1995 and based in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Imagination Library is a globally recognized non-profit, with programs throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation, every month young children anywhere in Newport County can receive a book of their very own for their first five years. “Our goal is to mail books every month to as many children as possible. Census data tells us there are over 3,500 children aged 5 and under in Newport County. We hope to enroll 100% over the course of three years. We’ve committed to fully funding the Imagination Library at the MLK Community Center,” says Carol Bazarsky, co-founding trustee of the Bazarsky Family Foundation.

Regardless of household income, any Newport County child from birth to their 5th birthday can be enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation. Children who live in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, or Jamestown are eligible.

Parents & guardians: to sign up your child to receive a FREE, age-appropriate book in the mail each month, visit the Imagination Library website. It will walk you through registration to ensure your child's privacy.

Or, contact and we'd be happy to help you.

Above: David & Carol Bazarsky of the Bazarsky Family Foundation pose with Imagination Library books

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-4828

Fax: 401-848-7360

EIN: 05-0271882


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