Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Kids don’t come with instructions!  Reading to your child is one of the most important things a parents can do with their young child.  Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, registered Ellis County children will receive a free, age-appropriate book in the mail each month.

Parents of Ellis County, Kansas children can follow this link to register their child for free!

Ellis County Statistics as of August 14, 2017:
Current children enrolled: 707
Children graduated from program:  691
1,398 served!
Since the program began in 2012, 39,457 books have been mailed to Ellis County Children.

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The spearhead behind this project is Hays resident, Lori Hertel – in memory of her daughter Ana.

How long does it take before my child receives a book?  The books are ordered on the 4th of each month for delivery the last week of the following month.  For example if you registered August 3rd, you will receive your first book the last week of September.  However, if you were enrolled after August 4th, you would roll over to the next delivery date for deliver the last week of October.

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The Ellis County Dolly Parton Imagination is funded through grants and private donations.  PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO THE ELLIS COUNTY DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY.  Contact, Dana Stanton at 623-2430 if you would like to learn more about becoming a supporter of this great program.

The  following individuals have made donations to the Ellis County Imagination Library since November 2016:

Smoky Hills Ladies Golf Association
Trevor and Erin Giebler
Patrick & Theresa Trapp
Andy and Janett Tincknell
Todd & Michele Churchill
Ryan & Jessica States
Mitch & Nicole Hartman
Molly Gauger
Joshua & Hannah Enslow
Joseph & Cinthia Hertel
Doug & Carol Haberman
Scott & Jana Horsfall
Thomas & Francine Hestermann
Aaron & Rebecca Brady
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation
Stan and Lori Hertel
Orscheln Industries Foundation, Inc.
Hays Lions Club
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation
Adam & Sarah Long
Jason & Carley Leiker
David and Rae Smith in memory of Ron & Freda Broetzmann
Jared & Ashley Bauck
Warren & Lori Davidson
Craig & Lucy Hutchison
Joe and Tami Koenigsman
Sonya Folgmann in memory of Ella Nichole
Anonymous in memory of Freda Broetzmann
David & Joan Dunn in honor of Rae Smith
Andy and Dana Stanton in honor of Rae Smith
Andy and Dana Stanton in memory of Ron & Freda Broetzmann
Marion & Madonna Oborny
Greg & Kylie Sander in honor of Paul and Tina Simpson
Shane & Anita Scheve in memory of Michael Kimball
Craig and Sue Pallister
Celina Fisher
Travis & Melissa Rickford
Jessica Dennis
Michelle Callahan
Kenneth & Susana Gordon
William & Heather Pope
Shane & Stacey Smith
Anthony & Breanna Taylor
Gera Lou Woofter
Robert Schmidt in Memory of Patricia Schmidt
Fred & Pam Joy
Janet Giersch
Don & Jil Tillman
Charlie & Joan Schippers
The Kiwanis Club of Hays, Inc.
The Bryant Family in Memory of Dana Kraus
ADK Hays
Dane G. Hansen Community Fund Grant, a fund of Heartland Community Foundation
Midwest Energy Community Foundation

2012 through October 2016 donors to the Ellis County Imagination Library can be seen here.

Donations to the Ellis County Dolly Parton Imagination Library are held in the USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence.  All donations are tax deductible.

Donations can be made payable to:
USD 489 Foundation

Please mail donations to
Early Childhood Connections – Washington Site
Attn:  Dana Stanton
305 Main Street
Hays, KS 67601

In the memo indicate:  Ellis County Imagination Library


One Response to “Dolly Parton Imagination Library”

  1. Lori Hertel Says:

    This is a wonderful program and needs your donation to assure that this program remains in Ellis County. Please make sure to call Rae Smith at 623-2400 to make a donation so children can continue to enjoy this program Thank you, Lori Hertel

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