Youth Services

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

DPIL-Logo-195Thanks to the generosity of the Franklin County Library Foundation, we have joined thousands of partners across the U.S. and the world in participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book gifting program. The Imagination Library mails free, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth to age five, regardless of income. One book per month is mailed free of charge to each enrolled child. 

To receive books through the Franklin County Imagination Library, children must reside in Franklin County and enroll at or via the below QR code. QR Code-DPILIn-person enrollment is also available at our Rocky Mount branch (come to the children’s department). For more information, please call us at (540) 483-3098, #2. 


Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. 

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One Thousand Things Before Kindergarten. In partnership with the Library of Virginia, the Soho Center and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library services, 1KTB4K features a custom folder, log sheets, activity suggestions and prizes for every 100 books or activities completed. Activities include things like playing in water/bath, singing, counting, measuring, etc. And books…lots of books.

Special Reading and Learning Programs

The Franklin County Library offers Summer and Winter Programs which encourage children to have fun while increasing literacy.  They include featured programs and incentives to make learning even more fun.More than Just Books

More Than Just Books

From nature backpacks and PlayAway Launchpads to board games, the Library has a variety of items for our patron’s use.

Story Time & Toddler Time

Bring children ages 0 through 6 to one of our weekly programs filled with songs, stories, crafts, and fun.  Check out our events page  for the schedule at your favorite branch.

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Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.

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Earn prizes and be the next member of the club by accepting the challenge to read 100 books.

StoryWalk-LOGO-FINALLocated at the Summit View Business Park in Rocky Mount, the StoryWalk® is a permanent installation that displays an illustrated children’s story—literally a book taken apart—along a walking trail near the 24-Hour Library.StoryWalks® are made by laminating all the pages from a book and mounting them on signs along a pathway. Visitors can read the entire book, progressing from sign to sign, as they move along the trail.The Summit View StoryWalk® is on a flat, crushed stone trail that is about a quarter mile long. Open 24/7/365, the trail and the 24-Hour Library are on Pleasant Breeze Drive, off Route 220S. The StoryWalk® is free and books change seasonally.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.