R.E.A.D is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Polk County. This year we enrolled our 1,100th reader, and we have graduated over 1,300 children.

Our county population of preschool children is just under 3,000. We have touched the families over 2,200 children (66%) to date, and distributed 61,757 books to Polk County children. To be ongoing, we must have a sustaining income to pay the $2.12 a book for each child or $2,103.04 each month.

Funds from our donors are used specifically for the books, which are free to our enrolled children. Overhead expenses, such as business cards, brochures, ads, web page, signs, etc., are donations given specifically for that use. All of our board members are volunteers.

Your tax-deductible donation virtually guarantees that a child will enter kindergarten with reading skills above those not enrolled in our  program.

For your donation, we will publish your business ad and link, or your name on the "Sponsor" page of our website for a full year for each year you are a donor. Our website receives up to 2,400 visitors a month. Since this is Polk County-limited, most are potential customers.

We ask people to include endowments to READ in their wills. Grants, stocks, and cash donations are our base.

Attention Employers in Polk County


Do you have employees with children under 5 years of age?

Sponsoring your employee's children in the READ program is a great perk.

  • The cost is $25 per child per year.

  • The child receives an age-appropriate book each month in the mail (from birth to age 5) from The Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

  • The book is addressed to the child.

  • Your business will be listed as a sustaining sponsor on this website.

  • Your logo with a link to your web page will also be listed. 

Thank you in advance for joining us in our gift of literacy to the pre-school children in Polk County.

Online Donations can be made by clicking the button to the right, or you can mail your tax-deductible donations to:

   READ Polk County

   2010 US Highway 190 West

   PMB 167

   Livingston, TX 77351

To make a donation, you do not need a PayPal account. Simply click the button below, enter the amount you wish to donate, and follow the onscreen instructions.  You also have the option to make a recurring monthly donation.

Donor Categories:

Short story: $25 sends a book monthly for one year for one child.
Paperback Novel: $125 is a five-year scholarship for a child.
Hardback Novel: $250 covers two full scholarships.
Coffee Table Book: $500 covers four full scholarships
Tome: $1000 or more will bring the gift of literacy to a minimum of eight children for five years.

Or, you can become a sustaining donor by donating the same amount each year.