Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together
to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children.
In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the
first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for
Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across
The Smart Start network, made up of 75 local partnerships that serve our
state’s communities, is signing up families across NC for Imagination
Library which is a book gifting program for children from birth to age
five. Together, we are working together to ensure children develop a
love of reading early on.