Knowing that healthy, engaged and energetic young people with a thirst for learning are crucial to the quality of life of our families today and a productive workforce tomorrow, the Henderson Education Foundation supports youth services and educational excellence throughout the county.

Imagination Library

Founded in 1996 by music legend Dolly Parton, Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Imagination Library is a demonstrated success story in improving early childhood literacy, a key determiner of later academic achievement.

In Henderson County, the chamber is the primary supporter of the local Imagination Library program, which mails FREE age-appropriate books each month to nearly 900 local children ages newborn through five regardless of their families’ means. Almost 1,300 children have already graduated from the Henderson County Imagination Library program, which was the first in Kentucky.


We're grateful for the generosity of our community partners that help sustain the Imagination Library program in Henderson County:

International Paper

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Rotary Club of Henderson 
United Way
City of Henderson
Henderson Chamber of Commerce Members
Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival
Henderson Lions Club

Imagination Library NEEDS YOUR HELP 

Henderson County was the first in KY to offer the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Since that time over 5000 Henderson children age 0-5 have received age appropriate hard cover books mailed to their home – each month for FREE. The books are free to the families.
The Henderson Chamber Education Foundation is the local supporter of this program.

We currently have around 1400 children receiving books. – the costs to our community is approximately $2/child/month. Or $3000/month We need your support to continue offering the wonderful program! And to offer it to even more children​. Please donate today!!!  


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Imagination Library Video's

Ellen Redding Video - Link
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 Jo Swanson Video - Link
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Jean Carver Video - Linkjean carver


Leslie Hoskins Video - Link
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Program Eligibility

Make a Donation

To seek information about foundation grant applications, contact the chamber at 270-826-7505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To contribute to the Henderson Education Foundation or the Imagination Library project, checks should be made payable to the Henderson Education Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 674, Henderson, KY 42419. You can also donate online by clicking the button below.