A FREE book mailed to your child, every month!

Literacy affects our state's ability to create a workforce needed to compete in the global market and ensure future prosperity. Recognizing that over 90% of language development occurs in the first few years of life, Smart Start offers Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. This program mails an age-appropriate book monthly to enrolled children ages 0-5. Do you live in Henderson County and have a child younger than 5? Register today and your child can receive a free book in the mail each month until his/her fifth birthday! 

How Do I Enroll My Child?

Enrolling your child is easy! You can register your child electronically (click for online registration) or call us at 828-693-1580 and we will mail you a hard copy of the registration form to complete and return to us. 

When does the first book arrive?

If you enroll your child in person, we will give your child his/her first book. If not, your child will begin receiving books through the U.S. Postal Services six-eight weeks after the registration form has been received. If you move, please contact Smart Start at 828-693-1580 to notify us of your change in address so your child can continue receiving books.

Is there ever a cost to me?

NO!  Through the generous support of the NC General Assembly and donations and grants from individuals and businessess in our community, this is a FREE program.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Henderson County? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Smart Start Partnership for Children using the contact information below. 

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Lamb, Program Coordinator
525 North Justice Street
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone: (828) 693-1580
Email Ashley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A FREE book mailed to your child, every month!