Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Through funding from NC Smart Start, the Cabarrus Partnership for Children administers the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) program to children that reside in Cabarrus County and are between the ages of birth to 5.

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Cabarrus County's DPIL program is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting specially-selected, high-quality books to participating young children every month starting with "The Little Engine That Could." Thanks to funding from NC Smart Start, this program is free of charge for participating Cabarrus County children -- all you have to do is enroll them!

Once your child is enrolled in the program, you can expect their first book to arrive in the mail in about eight weeks. A high-quality, age-appropriate book will be mailed to your child every month after that until they are five years old.


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New Enrollments

For new enrollments to the program, the online registration form will present the same language preferences that appear on the BOS profiles; Book Language and Communication Language.

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Existing Enrollments

For existing enrollments with a parent email address on the profile, parents/guardians can log in to the BOS Parent Portal to make the change.

  • Parents/Guardians go to to login
  • Click on the name of your child
  • Select Book Language preference (see below)
  • Click Update to save

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Parent Resources

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**Please remember to contact us at (704) 933-8278 if your child is in the Cabarrus County program and has moved/changed addresses.

Frequently asked questions

  • Does my child qualify?
    • If your child resides in Cabarrus County and is under the age of 5 years old, then yes! They are qualified!
  • How do I register my child?
    • Click here to visit the registration page on Smart Start's website.
  • Are there any shipping & handling costs?
    • No - DPIL is completely free to families, with no shipping or hidden fees.
  • Can I transfer my child's DPIL account from Cabarrus County to a new county if I move? 
    • If the county your child is moving to administers DPIL, you can change your address by logging in to your Dolly Parton's Imagination Library account.
    • If your child is moving away from Cabarrus County, call (704) 933-8278 to request that we change your address for you. Once this change is made, we will be able to transfer your registration over to the organization in the county you have moved to as long as they also administer DPIL.

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