Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Free Books in New Mexico

Whether you want to read a whimsical adventure or learn all there is to know about woodworking, New Mexico has a variety of resources to take you on a literary journey for free.

From virtual libraries to home deliveries, here’s your guide to getting free books.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Get free books for kids up to five delivered right to their door with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The program sends about 19,000 books to children in New Mexico each month, according to Moments Together, a campaign created by the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD).

Parents can sign up for free books online regardless of family income, Moments Together said. The child will receive a book once a month until their fifth birthday.

There are 43 New Mexico Chapters of the Imagination Library currently covering 31 counties in the state.

Following:The My Home Library program comes to Cottonwood Elementary courtesy of Marathon Oil

The Eddy County Imagination Library provides books to over 1,400 county children.

State Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-55) said she introduced the program to Eddy County in 2017 to help improve education.

State Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-55) told Eddy County commissioners on April 20, 2021 that New Mexico's old law was not good for working families in New Mexico.

She said the library has helped families bond and has benefited children.

A 2016 survey found that children in the program spent more time reading with their parents, and most noticed increased vocabulary and improved listening skills.

“What’s really wonderful about the program is that it encourages the child to sit down with a parent and they bond together and go through the book,” Brown said.

Brown said the local organization raised around $ 36,000 for books during this fiscal year and was always happy to see more children join the program.

The Eddy County Imagination Library hopes to reach 1,800 children by September 2022, Brown said.

Visit the New Mexico Virtual Library

Access a vast collection of audiobooks and e-books from the comfort of your home with the New Mexico Library to Go.

Following:Community donations help Friends of the Library fund programs

Visit nm.overdrive.com to browse a collection of books ranging from literary classics to teenage fiction.

Library to Go requires a New Mexico library card which can be obtained online or in person at any public library in the state.

Bookmobile brings free books to rural areas

The New Mexico State Library helps underserved communities access books with its bookmobiles, which bring approximately 4,000 books to rural communities across the state.

These mobile libraries stop once a month in rural towns and villages.

Residents can visit rbm.nmstatelibrary.org to reserve specific items before the bookmobile hits town or simply browse what they have available.

Here is the bookmobile schedule in eastern New Mexico.

Week 1

Tuesday January 4, February 1, March 1

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Casey from Causey firefighters
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Loving / North Star laundry
  • 4:35 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. Lakewood SKP Ranch

Wednesday January 5, February 2, March 2

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hagerman Post Office
  • 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Elida Town Hall

Week 2

Monday January 10, February 7 March 7

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Grady School
  • 11:35 a.m. to noon Grady Post Office
  • 2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Saint-Vrain
  • 2:55 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Melrose Senior Center
  • 3:25 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Melrose School

Tuesday January 11, February 8, March 8

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Amistad Post Office
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST) Nara Visa Post Office
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Logan Seniors’ Center

Wednesday January 12, February 9 March 9

  • 12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Logan Car Wash
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. San Jon Schools
  • 3:20 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. San Jon Village Office

Thursday January 13, February 10, March 10

  • 9 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. Quay
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. McAlister
  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am Home Schools
  • 11:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Community Center of the House

Week 3

Monday January 24, February 14, March 14

  • 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Lincoln Post Office
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Hondo Seniors Center

Tuesday January 25, February 15, March 15

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Boutique Pinon
  • 11:10 a.m. to noon Sacramento Post Office
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mayhill Post Office
  • 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. High Rolls at the tunnel stop

Wednesday January 26, February 16, March 16

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. La Luz Seniors Center
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Carrizozo at Honey Girls Cafe

Thursday January 27, February 17, March 17

  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. White oaks
  • 11 a.m. to noon Vaughn Senior Center
  • 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Newkirk Post Office
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conchas Fire Station

Claudia Silva is a reporter for the UNM Local Reporting Fellowship. She can be reached at [email protected], by phone at 575-628-5506 or on Twitter @thewatchpup.

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