Who We Are

BEGIN WITH BOOKS is the Charleston County (SC) affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a global book-gifting program that sends monthly books by mail to babies and toddlers.

An all-volunteer organization, BEGIN WITH BOOKS is operated as an initiative of the Palmetto Project, a South Carolina nonprofit that offers administrative support.

We are shipping over 4,900 books per month directly to the homes of enrolled babies and toddlers in

  • Adams Run
  • Awendaw
  • Charleston's Peninsula (zip codes 29401, 29403 and 29409)
  • Charleston West Ashley zip 29407
  • Edisto
  • Folly Beach
  • Hollywood-Meggett-Yonges Island
  • Johns Island
  • McClellanville
  • North Charleston zips 29405 and 29406
  • Ravenel
  • Wadmalaw Island

Studies show that children who participate in the Imagination Library:

  • Enter school ready to learn.
  • Do better in school.
  • Have a better chance to become productive members of the community.