The Dolly Parton Imagination Library

For over 20 years the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has been gifting books to Watertown Area youth for free. In 2022, United Way's Board of Directors recognized the importance of giving our youth 0-5 age-appropriate reading materials early on. They worked hard to establish the program, raise funds and promote. Their efforts would impact local youth for years to come. To read more about the 20th anniversary of Imagination Library click here.

DPIL books

To register visit the United Way office located at 818 S Broadway, Suite 100, Watertown, SD 57201 for an application or mail your application to the United Way office at P.O. Box 283, Watertown, SD. To fill out the application online go to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Site. Please call the United Way office at (605) 886-5815 or email director@watertownunitedway.org with any changes or updates to your child's information. If you are in need of audio books or braille copies please visit Audio & Braille - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. For youth who are blind or visually impaired you may receive Braille Tales or download free audio books online. Visit APH — Free print/braille books to register for braille books and APH — Free audio books for free audio book copies. You may also visit the National Library Service for the blind and Print Disable website for accessible resources made for ALL ages. Visit Braille Literacy: Resources for Learning and Reading - National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) | Library of Congress (loc.gov) for youth audible and braille resources.  

 
 

**Youth who live in Codington County OR have a parent/guardian who works in Codington County are eligible for Watertown Area United Way's Imagination Library program.**

If not eligible for our program visit  www.imaginationlibrary.com/usa/find-my-program/ to find your nearest program. See the map below for coverage in northeastern South Dakota.

 
 
 
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Kelly 1

She is always so excited to get her Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book in the mail that we can’t even wait to go inside to read it” said Kelly, DPIL parent

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Brianna 3

“My two older kids love reading the books we get to their baby brother!" said Brianna, DPIL parent

How to Sign Up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Codington County. (English and Spanish directions below. 

BY MAIL:  

  1. Download the English or Spanish registration form. Click here for the English Form. Click here for the Spanish Form. 

  2. Fill out the form.

  3. Print the form and mail to United Way at P.O. Box 283, Watertown, SD 57201 OR email the filled-out form to director@watertownunitedway.org.

  4. Wait 8 - 10 weeks for registration process to complete. If you do not receive your books after 10 weeks, please call United Way at (605) 886-5815 or email director@watertownunitedway.org your issue.

* If you move, then please update your address by calling or emailing the United Way office. If your move out of the program's coverage area, then please find a new program at Find My Program - USA (imaginationlibrary.com)

IN PERSON:

  1. Go the Watertown Regional Library located at 160 6th Street, NE, Watertown, SD for an English or Spanish registration form. You may also stop by the United Way office for an English or Spanish form.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Turn the form into the Watertown Regional Library or Watertown Area United Way.
  4. Wait 8 - 10 weeks for registration process to complete. If you do not receive your books after 10 weeks, please call United Way at (605) 886-5815.

* If you move, then please update your address by calling or emailing the United Way office. If your move out of the program's coverage area, then please find a new program at Find My Program - USA (imaginationlibrary.com)

ONLINE: 

  1. To register online please visit Enhanced Profile - Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
  2. Fill out the online registration form seen halfway down the page. 
  3. Wait 8 - 10 weeks for registration process to complete. If you do not receive your books after 10 weeks, please call United Way at (605) 886-5815.

online registration

* If you move, then please update your address by calling or emailing the United Way office. If your move out of the program's coverage area, then please find a new program at Find My Program - USA (imaginationlibrary.com)

En Espanol: 

POR COMPUTADORA Y CORREO:

  1. Haga clic aqui para el formulario en espanol.
  2. Rellenar el formulario.
  3. Envie el formulario a United Way a PO Box 283, Watertown, SD 57201. 
  4. Espere de 8 a 10 semanas para que lleguen los libros de Biblioteca de Imaginacion. 

EN PERSONA:

  1. Visita la officina de United Way. La officina de United Way cerca Office Peeps y VFW. 
  2. Rellenar el formulario en Espanol a la officina. 
  3. Espere de 8 a 10 semanas para que lleguen los libros de Biblioteca de Imaginacion. 

EN LINEA

  1. Para registratse visite La Biblioteca de La Imaginacion de Dolly Parton | Watertown Area United Way (watertownunitedway.org)

** Nos disculpamos por cualquier error en nuestro Espanol. Gracias por su paciencia y comprension.

 

 
 

Reach out to the United Way office with any of the concerns below and we will happily help!

  • Change of Address (If you move out of Codington, visit Find My Program - USA (imaginationlibrary.com) to find your new program.)
  • Stopped Receiving Books (From when the application is processed it can take 8-10 weeks before the first book comes in the mail.)
  • Incorrect Spelling of Child's Name
  • Add an Additional Children
  • General Questions 
 

Please call the United Way office at (605) 886-5815 or email director@watertownunitedway.org if you or your business would like to sponsor a month of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and to learn more about our sponsorship benefits. 

  • $26 can sponsor a child for a year.

  • $2.10 is the average cost of books and mailing per child.

  • Watertown United Way funds 100% of costs for the Imagination Library.

  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library costs annually approximately $20,000 as of July 2022 we have 746 youth registered.

  • Over 3,500 youth have graduated from the program since 2002!

 

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