GELF & Imagination Library

The mission of Governor's Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) is to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, GELF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. Our vision is a Tennessee where all children have access to the resources, guidance and support they need to become lifelong learners.
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Click here to read our FY2017 Annual Report.

How Our Partnership Works


Imagination Library Infographic



How We Support County Programs



Helping identify and engage local funding support in each county
  • Fund 50% of the costs of books and mailing each month
  • Seek private and other government funding 
  • Work on behalf of affiliates to raise money from various businesses, corporate partners, and organizations


Volunteer Training

Workshops and board development to strengthen each county program
  • Offer volunteer training
  • Assist in cultivation & development of local volunteers and funding sources as well as statewide partnerships 
  • Help to coordinate and develop volunteers into leadership roles



Providing print and media resources to help raise awareness of the program in each county
  • Assist in local and statewide media outreach and writing press releases and advisories
  • Help plan special events to raise local awareness
  • Provide programs with marketing materials and branding logos