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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

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The wonderful world of

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

is now available in Aberdeen.







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The free monthly book gifting initiative is aimed at looked after children under 5 years old.

Children may be looked after in different ways, including at home, in foster care, in kinship care, with prospective adopters and in residential placements.

All children enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will receive a free book in the post every month until their fifth birthday.

A child enrolled from birth can build their own library of up to 60 books before their fifth birthday.


The books help promote the development of speech, language and communication; the sharing of books; and helps build relationships. They are sent directly to the child's home and children and their families can look forward to the monthly deliveries which become a real family event.

All titles in the Imagination Library are carefully selected by a panel of experts in early childhood literacy and reading. Every book is personally addressed to each individual child. DPIL solo reading



 Dolly, one of the world's biggest female singer-songwriters said: "I am delighted to be working with Aberdeen City Council on a project which has already brought so much joy to millions of children all over the world."




For more information on how to enrol a looked after child on to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, please contact the Aberdeen City Council Children's Services Admin Team.

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Dolly Parton set up the first Imagination Library in her hometown of Tennessee in 1995 as a tribute to her father, a smart and hardworking man who was unable to read or write.

Since 1995, the Dollywood Foundation has sent over 83million free books to children worldwide, with more than 1.3million posted in the UK and counting.



More information can be found at Dolly Parton's Imagination Library website. 

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Other services in Aberdeen that may be of interest are listed below.
Select the links for more information.

Family Information Service (FIS)

FIS provides free, comprehensive and up-to-date information and advice about all services for children, young people and their families in Aberdeen. This FIS directory of services is for parents, carers, young people and professionals. FIS can be contacted via text: 07825 053136; phone: 0300 200 293 option 6 (Mon-Fri.10am-4pm); or email:

Parents as Early Education Partners (PEEP)

PEEP supports parents and carers as their children's first and most important educators. There are citywide groups delivered by trained PEEP practitioners from across Health, Education, Social Work and the voluntary sector and are held in a variety of community venues. Visit  PEEP on Facebook

Aberdeen City Libraries

Provides free access to a wide range of resources and services for people of all ages and abilities. Membership is available from birth to anyone who lives, works or studies in Aberdeen city or shire. Visit our Facebook page to keep up to date with what's happening at your local library.  For information on services especially for Children and Young People.


Bookbug is the Scottish Government funded early years  gifting programme which encourages parents/carers  and children to share books together by providing every child with four free bags of books between birth and Primary 1.  Aberdeen City Libraries works  with  partners from health and early years to deliver the Bookbug programme in Aberdeen. Bookbug also fosters a love of books and reading through fun activities such as Bookbug Sessions and Bookbug's Library Challenge. Find out more about Bookbug in Aberdeen  and  Bookbug Sessions in a library near you. We look forward to welcoming you.

Adult Learning Courses

There are a range of courses at various locations delivered across Aberdeen.


By working in partnership Aberdeen City Council's Education & Children's Services; Aberdeen City Libraries; NHS Grampian; and PEEP (Parents as Early Educational Partners) aim to raise awareness, promote and implement Dolly Parton's Imagination Library here in the city.

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