Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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In partnership with the United Way of Greater St Louis, SMRLD is leading the way to bring DPIL to 62040. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library puts books into the hands and hearts of children across our community by putting books into their homes. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.4 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. This program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Studies have shown that having books in the home is proved to positively benefit children’s academic success, vocabulary development, attention, and job attainment. For more information, please visit

Individuals, families, or organizations may sponsor children. A donation of just $125 will support a child from birth until their 5th birthday, gifting them with 1 book a month for the duration. A gift of $25 will sponsor a child for one year. Donations can be made online here or by check payable to SMRLD.

To get FREE BOOKS mailed from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to your child, contact the SMRLD Youth Services Department for details about registering by emailing [email protected], calling 618-452-6238 ext 720, or stopping by our 2001 Delmar Avenue library location.

2001 Delmar


2145 Johnson


Upcoming Events

  • 2024 All Ages Summer Reading Challenge: Read Renew Repeat June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 June 1 - July 20Register online at, with the Beanstack Tracker App, or at either library location
  • Children's Smokey Bear Reading Challenge June 1, 2024 – July 20, 2024 Children's Smokey the Bear Reading ChallengeRegister online at, with the Beanstack Tracker App.Log books you read or listen to between June 1 and July 20.Complete and check off activities.Read 3 books and do 5 activities to complete the challenge.Finish the challenge to be entered into a drawing for a plush Smokey the Bear!Questions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services…
  • Story Time July 15, 2024 at 10:00 am – 10:30 am 2145 Johnson Rd, Granite City, IL 62040, USA Story TimeEnjoy stories, music and crafts!Mondays at 10 AMSMRLD 2145 Johnson Road&Wednesdays at 6 PMSMRLD 2001 Delmar AveQuestions? Email [email protected] or call the Youth Services department at 618-452-6238
  • SMRLD Walking Club July 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wilson Park, Granite City, IL 62040 SMRLD Walking ClubJoin us for a walk aroundWilson Parkevery 3rd MondayApril - October5 PMMeet at Ice Rink parking lotApril 15; May 20; June 17; July 15; August 19; September 16; and October 21Cancellations due to weather will be announced via Facebook by 2 PM on the day of the event.Questions? Call 618-452-6238 ext 730 or email [email protected]
  • Digital Tuesday @ Pontoon Beach July 16, 2024 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pontoon Beach Administration Building Board Room 1 Regency Parkway, Pontoon Beach, IL, United States Registration Required Call 618-452-6238, Ext 303 to register. Seating is limited.

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