Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library arrives in Ottumwa

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 10:30 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Kids in Ottumwa can now join Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) and be given free books to read. The kids who sign up will be mailed books by the program each month.

There was an event held outside Ottumwa Public Library in Central Park introducing the program. Kids got to explore the tables of goodies and books and sign up for the Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library spans from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and Australia and now landing here in Ottumwa.

Samantha Mall is a mother and in the past has been wanting the DPIL here in Ottumwa and now that it has arrived she is ready to take advantage of it. Mall says she and her kids love to read. “We probably have over 2,000 kid books in our house right now. Books are a big deal we read a lot.”

The reason for the DPIL coming to Ottumwa is the investment in children’s education. In a post by the Ottumwa Public Library, Executive Director of United Way Ali Wilson says, “Inspiring a love of reading early sets kids up for success in school and in life.”

Another local mother, Blaire Siems signed up her child and says, “This is a great thing to bring to our community and the fact that these kids get one book a month to promote literacy is a wonderful thing.”

Just last year the 150 millionth book was gifted. Now, kids in Ottumwa can be a part of those numbers.

For more information about the Imagination Library here in Ottumwa, you can visit

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