Dolly Parton comes to Lisbon

Dolly Parton was one of twelve children growing up in a one-room cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee during the lean years of the Depression.  Books were a luxury and there were no libraries close by; her father never learned to read because he had to go to work to support his family.  After Dolly became a successful musician and actress, she wanted to do something to honor her father and make sure that children everywhere learned to love books.  Getting books into the hands of kids as soon as they are born was her number one goal when she started the Dolly Parton Imagination Library over 20 years ago.

Our Friends of Lisbon Public Library have brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the Lisbon community.  Children from birth to age five who live in the 52253 ZIP code are eligible to register for the program, no matter their family’s income.  Once registered, children receive a personalized age-appropriate book each month in the mail.  There is no cost to the child or family to participate.  This program is supported by the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library and by donations. 

If you would like to register your child, donate to the program, or have questions, the Friends of the Lisbon Public Library will be glad to help.  You can email the Friends at, call us at the Lisbon Library at 319-455-2800, or drop in at 101 East Main Street when the library is open.  Tell your friends and family members in our community who have little kids about the DPIL--and check out the Friends’ new Facebook page and the Friends tab on the library’s website to find out more about the Friends of Lisbon Public Library.   They want to create a love of books in our youngest citizens so that they will become lifelong learners and users of the library.  You can help!