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Books from Birth


Your local Imagination Library is powered by supporters like you. You are the driving force behind the 15,000 Imagination Library books that are delivered each month in Rutherford and Cannon counties. As the local sustaining partner of the Imagination Library, the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties works to build a foundation for reading and learning for every child in our community. The Imagination Library is a monthly book gifting program that provides free books to children from birth to age five. 
There are currently over 15,000 Imagination Library participants in Rutherford and Cannon counties and more than 35,000 children have graduated from the program locally. 


Click here to learn more about the impact of the Imagination Library and how the program works. 



Your local Imagination Library builds a foundation for reading and learning for ALL children from birth to age five in Rutherford and Cannon counties by providing a new, age-appropriate book each month at no cost to the families enrolled. The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties serves as the local sustaining partner of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, in partnership with the Governor's Early Literacy Foundation.

All gifts make a difference. 

$12,000 = 1,000 children for one year

$6,000 = 500 children for one year

$3,000 = 250 children for one year

$1,200= 100 children for one year 

$600 = 50 children for one year

$300 = 25 children for one year

$120 = 10 children for one year


Click here to enroll a child. You may enroll online through the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation or print a registration form and mail it to the following.

 Rutherford County Imagination Library
Kristen Swann
P.O. Box 330056
Murfreesboro, TN 37133


Within eight to ten weeks, your child should receive a new,  age-appropriate book in the mail every month until they reach their fifth birthday. Please notify us of a change of address by clicking  here or calling 615-893-7303. If you move outside of Tennessee, please contact the Dollywood Foundation at 865-428-9606 to see if your new community has the Imagination Library program.



When you support your local Imagination Library, you are directly helping a young family set a solid foundation for their children both in school and in life. Getting a book in the mail each month keeps the excitement alive and encourages families to read together.

  • Reading to a child in an interactive style raises a child’s IQ by 6 points.
  • Research shows that children who are read to regularly at home hear twice as many words every year and have 1/3 larger vocabulary by age three than children who are not read to at home.
  • Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.


View resources & activities for engaging with your child using their Imagination Library books.