In Tarrant County, only 36% of third-grade students read proficiently*. This reflects a more than 7% drop since the onset of COVID-19—a staggering statistic that has effects far beyond test scores. Research also shows that young children who have access to books in their homes are much more likely to read at grade level. Unfortunately, that access is limited for thousands of families in our community. *Read Fort Worth

The good news is we’re committed, through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to rewriting this story.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, children in the program receive one free book every month for each child enrolled in the program.

  • $25 – supports one child for a year
  • $125 – supports one child for the life of the program (5 years)
  • $250 – supports 10 children for a year
  • $500 – supports 20 children for a year
  • $1,000 – supports 40 children for a year

Please consider supporting this vital program and our Tarrant County youth by making a donation below.

Established by country music legend Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an international program that mails free books monthly to children from birth to the age of 5. The successful program was started eight years ago in Tarrant County and has provided more than 212,000 free books to children in our community.

United Way of Tarrant County offers the program to underserved neighborhoods. The program is available to 37 ZIP codes that touch Tarrant County communities. Anyone who lives in one of these ZIP codes may participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Workforce Solutions generously contributes $50,000 annually to support the program.

Eligible zip codes include:
76006, 76010, 76011, 76012, 76014, 76018, 76028, 76039, 76040, 76063, 76104, 76105, 76110, 76111, 76112, 76116, 76117, 76119, 76134, 76135, 76148, 76164, 76179, 76013, 76015, 76022, 76053, 76103, 76106, 76114, 76115, 76120, 76132, 76133, 76140, 76155, 76180, 76107, 76102, 76109, 76060, 76021, 76017, 76036, 76137, 76118, 76051

If you reside in one of the eligible ZIP codes, please register below.

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I love books and helping kids, and I believe that helping kids to read gives them a great start in life.

-Dolly Parton