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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library enriches young minds in Kanab

Over 250 kids have benefitted from almost 5,000 books since 2021!


In 2021, the Kane Education Foundation began funding the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for all of Kane County, and it has been making a substantial impact on the lives of young readers in the towns of Kanab, Big Water, Alton, Glendale and Orderville. Since its start in 2021, the program has served over 250 children and distributed nearly 5,000 books, fostering a love for reading in the community’s youngest members.

The Imagination Library, founded by the iconic country singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton, aims to promote early childhood literacy by providing free age-appropriate books every month to children from birth to age five. The program has been running successfully across the United States and other countries, and its effects are now resonating in our wonderful county communities.

Kane County might seem like an unlikely place for a program of this magnitude, however, the local residents have embraced the initiative, recognizing the incredible opportunity it offers to their children.


The benefits of early literacy are well-documented, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is making a significant contribution. Children who are exposed to books early in life tend to develop better language skills, cognitive abilities and a greater capacity for creative thinking. The program also strengthens the bond between parents and children, as they share the experience of reading together.


Looking towards the future, the Kane Education Foundation plans to reach even more children and families, and perhaps inspire neighboring towns to initiate similar programs. With Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library leading the way, we can make big strides in nurturing the intellectual growth of our youngest residents. If you have a child between the ages of birth to five, get them signed up at www.imaginationlibrary.com/checkavailability.


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To continue our impactful initiatives and expand our reach, the foundation seeks support from individuals and businesses who share the vision of a brighter, more educated tomorrow. Donations from the community will directly contribute to our many educational programs and initiatives. Whether you are an individual looking to make a difference or a business seeking to invest in the community’s future workforce, your contribution to the Kane Education Foundation will catalyze change. Every donation, no matter the size, has the potential to change lives and shape a better future. By investing in education, you invest in the limitless potential of our community’s youth.

The Kane Education Foundation invites you to join our mission to create a world where every student has equal opportunities to succeed. Together, we can empower the next generation, build a stronger community and make a lasting impact on society.


To donate or learn more about the Kane Education Foundation, please visit our website at kaneeducationfoundation.org.

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