Moore County parents may now sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at The Southern Pines Public Library.

Once registered, children will receive a new book in the mail once a month.  The goal of the program is to make sure every family with children ages birth to five has books to read and enjoy at home.

This free program is funded by the North Carolina General Assembly.  

In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s mission “is to foster a love a reading in preschool children and to ensure that every child born has books regardless of their family’s income.”

Southern Pines Public Library, a community partner in Growing Moore Readers, is pleased to support Partners for Children & Families, Moore County’s local Smart Start affiliated agency, which is leading this effort locally. 

Parents and guardians may stop at the library to register their children on the library computers with assistance from the staff. 

“Growing Moore Readers unites families and community partners in programs like the Imagination Library to make every moment a brain-building moment for children in our community,” said the Southern Pines Library. “The collaborative works to ensure all children in Moore County achieve the most important predictor of long-term success—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.”

To learn more about Partners for Children and Families or to register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library online, visit You can also register over the phone at (910) 949-4045 or visit the PfCF office located at 7720 NC Hwy 22 in Carthage.

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