Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In today’s episode, I’m speaking with James Pond, President of the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), as he discusses the operation behind Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and how GELF aids in the success of the Imagination Library in Tennessee. GELF equips Tennessee’s children with books and literacy tools to encourage lifelong learning. GELF has grown from a book-gifting program to an early literacy organization, offering multiple programs where all Tennessee children have access to the resources, guidance, and support they need to become lifelong learners. These programs include Birth-5 Book Delivery through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, K-3 Book Delivery, Caregiver Engagement, Book Buses, and Storybook Trails.

For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, visit For more information about GELF, visit

Contact Information for GELF

  • General
  • Toll-free number: (877) 99-BOOKS
  • Paige Atchley Shapiro, Senior Program Manager,
  • Paige Atchley Shapiro, Senior Program Manager, Phone: 423-802-4282
  • Facebook: @GovEarlyLiteracyTN
  • Instagram: @GovEarlyLiteracyTN
  • Twitter: @GovLiteracyTN

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