Dolly Parton teams up with Madison nonprofit for ambitious book giveaway

Madison Reading Project and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library have teamed up to deliver free, high-quality, age-appropriate books to all children in Dane County up to age five, regardless of family income. The partnership could eventually reach 30,000 children who will receive a book each month, personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home. Madison Reading Project is working with Imagination Library to facilitate enrollment in Dane County and provide administrative and logistical support. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Dane County is made possible by a grant from the Roots & Wings Foundation. 

Several Madison Reading Project social services partners, such as Reach Dane, One City Schools, and RISE, will also facilitate enrollment. Established in 2014, Madison Reading Project has given more than 255,000 books to children living in nine south-central Wisconsin counties, with much of the giving targeted to populations of children who are in low-income neighborhoods, children of color, and those needing literacy support.