Explorations is proud to be working with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to encourage early literacy and parent involvement. Supported by the generous donations of the Explorations’ community, these books will forward Explorations’ primary goal of creating an environment where learning is enjoyable, meaningful and diverse.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free, early literacy program that delivers age-appropriate books to children ages 0 to five years old each month. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library promotes a love of reading and learning! Children get to keep their books forever! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library creates a love of book ownership and encourages a love of reading as an everyday activity.

Encouraging the love of reading and learning early in a child’s life helps to develop strong literacy skills. Statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy and enhances kindergarten readiness. Children read more when they have books at home! 

A follow-up study, released in August 2015, compared the “kindergarten readiness” of children who participated in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for at least three or four years of the program vs. children who did not participate.  The results showed a 28.9% increase in the number of children who were prepared for kindergarten based on this measure.

If you are in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, you can register your child today by mail or on location at Explorations, 6591 Somerled Ave., Suite 200, H4V 1T1, Montreal. For more information on how to sign up your child, visit