Launch of Dolly Parton’s imagination library in Singleton Ashford

Sarah Jayne and Andy Crust from Singleton are proud to be founders and affiliates of the Ashford imagination library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of the United Kingdom is a free book gifting organisation devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high quality, age-appropriate book in the post, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.

In December of 2007, Dolly Parton traveled to London, England for a special announcement about her Imagination Library. To celebrate the programme’s launch in the United Kingdom, a group of school children gathered on the steps of the Savoy Hotel to sing Dolly’s song “I Believe in You.” The Imagination Library’s coverage in the UK includes England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Book selections in the UK include popular characters such as Peppa Pig and beloved authors and illustrators including Lynley Dodd. Additionally, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) assists in the conversion of select titles to braille and audiobooks for children in the United Kingdom who are blind or partially sighted.