FORSYTH COUNTY, NC -- Thanks to a major grant, more Forsyth County children will be able to become book worms!

'Smart Start of Forsyth County' announced they're starting to use Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! It's like a book of the month club for kids! Kids up to five years old can get a free book -- delivered to their home every month! Educational and literary experts help the Imagination Library select specific, high-quality books based on the child's age and the family’s language of choice.

More than 1,200 kids have already enrolled in the program. but about 24,000 kids are eligible!

In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina.

Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library in 1995 to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could help ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.