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Prescott Area Imagination Library

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Families in the Prescott area can register their children for the Prescott Area Imagination Library (PAIL) and receive a free book in the mail every month from birth until the child’s fifth birthday! The Prescott Area Imagination Library is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the delivery of carefully selected, age appropriate books to children throughout the U.S.

You can register your child online or stop by the Youth Desk on the 1st floor of the library for a registration form. For more information, see the PAIL FAQs below.

Years of research and dozens of studies point to the same thing: reading to children from the time they are born is critical to literacy development and academic success. Research also links the presence of books in a child’s home to early childhood literacy.  Armed with this knowledge and united by the shared belief that our community should be actively engaged in promoting literacy, Sunup Rotary Club, Frontier Rotary Club, Prescott Rotary Club and the Friends of the Prescott Public Library teamed up to ensure that Prescott children have books in their homes.

Community partnerships brought this project to life. The idea began with the Read On Prescott Steering Committee, a group of early childhood literacy advocates who collaborate to find ways of increasing  3rd grade reading proficiency rates in our community. Committee members reached out to the Rotary clubs, that became sponsors of this initiative, each contributing equally to the cost of providing books to children, with Rotary District 5495 matching those contributions. The Friends of the Prescott Public Library cover administrative costs, and Prescott Public Library staff and volunteers manage the registrations and administrative details.

We invite you to support Prescott Area Imagination Library by contributing to the Friends of Prescott Public Library using the PayPal link below.

For more information, contact Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services at 928.777.1519 or use the from below.

For other gifts to Prescott Area Imagination Library please contact:

Martha Baden
Library Manager, Public Services
Prescott Public Library
215 E Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86303


What is the Prescott Area Imagination Library (PAIL)?

Prescott Area Imagination Library is a local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:

What does the program do?

Provides one book per month per child from ages birth to 5 years old.  Books are sent directly to the child’s home, addressed to the child.

Who can participate?

Children between the ages of birth and 5 years old who live in the 86301, 86303 or 86305 zip codes can participate.

What is the cost to sign up for the program?

There is no cost to participate.  The sponsors of the program pay about $25 per child per year.

How do I register my child?

Register online, visit the Youth Desk at the library, or download a registration form.

My grandchild lives outside Prescott. May I register and deliver the books to him myself?

This program is a local effort to address the early literacy needs of children in the Prescott area. The cost to local sponsors is about $25 per child, and local funds will only stretch so far. It is easy to check and see if there is a DPIL program in your grandchild’s area, through the affiliate locator. If there is not a program in that area, DPIL offers some suggestions for starting a program in that area.

Who is sponsoring the program?

The Frontier Rotary Club, the Prescott Rotary Club, the Sunup Rotary Club cosponsor the program.  The Friends of the Prescott Public Library cover administrative costs.  Library volunteers manage registration and library staff manage administrative details.

When do children start receiving their books?

Books will begin arriving 6-8 weeks after registration.

What if I am moving – who do I notify?

You can notify staff members at the Youth Service Desk, or use your parent login, which you can create at the time of registration, to change your address.

How do I help fund PAIL?

  • contribute directly through PayPal link on this page
  • make a cash or check donation at either Check Out Desk (payable to Friends of the Prescott Public Library with a note that it is a donation to PAIL)
  • mail checks to Friends of Prescott Public Library (PAIL), 215 E Goodwin St., Prescott AZ 86303
  • contact Library Manager Support Services, Toni Johnson at 928.777.1504 for questions about contributions or engaging as a partner in the project.

Where can I find a list of books that children receive?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library booklist

Where can I learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Additional questions?

Contact Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services at 928.777.1519 or use the form above.

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