Books coming back soon for cash-strapped Imagination Library

BRISTOL, Va. - About a thousand local children can expect to see a surprise back inside their mailboxes in the next two weeks.

The Bristol/Washington County, Virginia Imagination Library is back in action after temporarily going inactive for lack of funding.

We're told books will be mailed out from Knoxville this week.

We first told you about the organization's financial woes back in April.

Board member Jo Hutton told us this local Imagination Library branch has seen an increase in donations since our story aired, but since the program does not receive direct funding from creator Dolly Parton, and relies on getting donations themselves, help is still needed to keep books coming to children. "We always of course need money to keep the program going, and we also could always use volunteers to serve on the board or help with fundraisers or anyway they want to be involved in Imagination Library," said Hutton.

If you're interested in donating time or money to the Washington County/Bristol, Virginia Imagination Library, you can contact Jo Hutton at Bristol Youth Services at (276) 645-7472.

You can send her an email at

You may also mail any contributions to:

Imagination Library

c/o Bristol Youth Services

220 Lee Street

Bristol, VA 24201

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