Imagination Library

Imagination Library

A FREE book mailed to your child, every month!

The City of Pittsburgh in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book monthly to enrolled children ages 0-5. Do you live in the City of Pittsburgh and have a child younger than 5? Register today and your child can receive a free book in the mail each month until their fifth birthday! 


Who is eligible to participate in this program?
The City of Pittsburgh Dolly Parton Imagination Library is open to children under 5 years of age who reside within the City of Pittsburgh. A good rule of thumb to follow is if your child is or will be eligible to attend Pittsburgh Public Schools they are eligible to receive books through our program.  

In order to find out if you residence is within the City of Pittsburgh you can visit or

If you are interested in bringing the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to your community please visit
How Do I Enroll My Child?
Enrolling your child is easy! You can register your child online
Or by contacting Stephanie Gagne (  and we will mail you a hard copy of the registration form to complete and return to us. 

Is there ever a cost to me?
NO! The City of Pittsburgh Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a gift to the children of Pittsburgh and is a FREE Program. 
This program is made possible by the Office of Mayor, generous support of the Benter Foundation, and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania who serves as our mailing partner. 

When does the first book arrive?
Your child will begin receiving books through the U.S. Postal Services approximately eight weeks after the registration form has been received. If you move, please edit your online profile to update your mailing address or contact to notify us of your change in address so your child can continue receiving books.

What types of books will my child receive?
Imagination Library books are specially selected age-appropriate, high-quality titles. These books are delivered to registered children each month from birth to age five. Each one is personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home. This effort creates a gifting experience making books exciting and shows the child someone is thinking of them. The Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee selects several bilingual English/Spanish titles each year.

The first book a child receives is “The Little Engine That Could™” (customized version). The month a child turns five years old, they will receive “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” (customized version).

To view the book list please visit to learn more about the themes and concepts that are included in the books please visit

 How can I learn more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?
You can learn more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library by visiting

Annual Survey

Annually, some parents will be asked to complete a short survey. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. Results will be used to make sure the program is getting results for families. If asked, please consider completing the short questionnaire. Thank you!

Would you like more information about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library? Check out the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Site. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office using the contact information below. 

For additional information, please contact:

Stephanie Gagne
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 520-4767

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