Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of our most-asked questions. If you don't find an answer here, please feel free to contact us directly.


Imagination Library

What is Imagination Library, and how does it relate to The Berkeley Baby Book Project?

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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library® (IL) is a program created by Dolly Parton in 1995 to give free books to young children in her home county of Tennessee. The Berkeley Baby Book Project (The BBBP) serves as IL's local affiliate for Berkeley, and is responsible for registering and managing your child's subscription to the IL program. Imagination Library is only available in communities where there's a local affiliate like The BBBP. To date, Imagination Library has registered over 1 million children, and has delivered almost 100 million books!

How much does Imagination Library cost?

There is no cost to families for the Imagination Library Program. Books are a gift to your child. They arrive personally addressed to them.

We don't live in Berkeley. Can my child still register for Imagination Library? 

The Berkeley Baby Book Project is Imagination Library’s local affiliate for Berkeley. Through us, books are available only to children who reside in the city of Berkeley. We encourage you to visit Imagination Library’s website and see if there is a local affiliate (like The BBBP) in your area.

What kind of books will my child receive?

All sorts of great books! A national committee at Imagination Library hand-selects a new list of age-appropriate books for your child every year. Their list is a cross-section of some of the most unique and highest-quality books available. Curious what children are receiving right now? Take a look at Imagination Library's 2018 selections.

My child is blind. Can they still register for Imagination Library?

Yes! Imagination Library has teamed up with the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) to provide free audiobooks and books in braille for blind children. You can fill out their special registration form here →

My child didn't receive their book this month. What should I do?

Thank you for letting us know! Please send us a quick note immediately, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

I'd like to change my address. How do I do that?

No problem! Please send us a quick note immediately, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

I need to cancel my child's registration. How?

Please send us an email with the child’s first and last name.

Baby Book Club

What is the Baby Book Club?

At our Baby Book Club, children can play-act situations from storybooks, discover new books and hone their language skills while engaging in a range of activities led by our volunteers.

Can My child attend the Baby Book Club even if they are not a member of Imagination Library?

Yes. All children up to about age 10 accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome at Baby Book Club events. 

General Questions

When was The Berkeley Baby Book project Created?

The BBBP was founded in 2012, gained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2013 and became Berkeley's local affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in 2015.

Is my child's personal information secure?

Yes. Imagination Library's subscription system is sustained on a multi-server/multi-level, Extended Validation 256-bit SSL. The Extended Validation SSL (Signed Security Certificate), is verified and signed by one of the world’s leading SSL providers, Starfield Technologies®.

If the Books are Free for my child, how is The BBBP funded?

Funding for The Berkeley Baby Book Project is provided by grant funding, generous sponsors, and by individual supporters like you.

How is imagination library funded, and do they give support to The bbbp?

Imagination Library (IL) is supported by The Dollywood Foundation. IL provides Affiliates with technical, logistical, promotional & administrative support at no cost. Costs of books and mail delivery are passed on at no markup.

Each book costs $2.11, delivered. That means we pay Imagination Library about $25 per year for each child we register. So, a donation of just $25 covers our cost of 12 new, age-appropriate books delivered to a child, addressed to them, at their home for one year. $125 covers five years of books for one child. Retail cost is $450-$500 -- for books only, no postage. 

Priceless, and not available at any store or library (much as we love them):  the excitement of a toddler or preschooler when their book arrives in the mail, a brand-new, beautiful gift with their name  on the label.