Who We Are

BEGIN WITH BOOKS is the Charleston County (SC) affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an international children's book distribution program, sending monthly books by mail free 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.