Roane Imagination Library

Love for reading is one of the most valuable gifts an adult can give to a child. That’s why I support the Roane Imagination Library. Every month, Roane Imagination Library mails a free book to every enrolled Roane County child aged birth to 5 years. In the past 7 years, Roane Imagination Library has provided over 125,000 books to Roane County children.

The Roane Imagination Library is a joint project of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Tennessee Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. The project is funded by a mix of state and local funding but relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and private donors.

As a college librarian, I see Roane Imagination Library books as an investment in the future literacy of our community. Studies show that children who read and are read to by their parents are better prepared for school and perform better on achievement tests. Other studies confirm that simply having books available in the home is one of the best predictors of future academic success.

As a father, I can attest to the excitement my daughter feels when she gets her new book from Dolly.

This week we celebrate TN Imagination Library Week. Help us celebrate by enrolling your child at  Visit the website to learn more about the Roane Imagination Library and ways you can help us keep this vital program running. If you have already registered your child, you can help by telling a neighbor or friend about the Roane Imagination Library or consider making a donation.

We look forward to many more years of providing strong foundations for a literate, successful Roane County. We need your help.