Our Mission

Lowndes County Imagination Library believes in the power of books and reading! That's why we distribute free, age-approproiate books each month to children under 5 in Lowndes County. By doing so, LCIL improves children's personal libraries and their reading skills. Every child deserves the chance to learn and grow, no matter what. With the community's help, LCIL gives not only books, but hope for the future!

This local effort, a non-profit started by The Commercial Dispatch and Columbus Arts Council, is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which has been promoting childhood literacy since 1996.

Did you know?

  • Children need to hear 1,000 stories -- or the same story a thousand times -- before they can begin to learn how to read on their own!

  • 41% of Mississippi kindergarten teachers say their students are not prepared when they enter kindergarten. This number can significantly decrease if children are exposed to books and story time regularly!

  • As of August 2015, 1,000 children are now enrolled in LCIL. 10,000 books have been mailed to Lowndes County children!

Register Your Child

Are you a parent of a child under 5 in Lowndes County? Register your child to receive free books at http://www.imaginationlibrary.com or stop by The Commercial Dispatch or the Columbus Arts Council.

Become a Sponsor

LCIL wouldn't be possible without the incredible support of local individuals and businesses. If you or your business would like to help local children develop early literacy skills and pave the way to success, please consider becoming an LCIL sponsor. For more information, give us a call at 662-328-2424, email us at books@cdispatch.com, or stop by The Commercial Dispatch.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library