When people think Dolly Parton, they usually think award-winning singer, songwriter, TV and movie star, amusement park owner, etc., but many people don’t even know about one of her ventures that I think is most impressive: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!
Here’s what it says on the Imagination Library Website:
“In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. 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 insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.”
What started in just her home county in Tennessee became so popular that it was made available for replication in any community that was willing to partner with Dolly. Today, nearly 40,000,000 books have been mailed to children throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom!
It’s truly an amazing program that every parent should sign their child up for the day their child is born! If you’re a parent of a birth to 5 year old and you haven’t signed up for the Imagination Library yet, you need to head over to the website (http://imaginationlibrary.com/ ) right now!
Bubba was signed up before he even left the hospital, and the books that he’s received have been absolutely perfect for him so far – age appropriate, engaging, educational, and fun! He has loved every single one of his “Dolly Books!” (and has had each one to him MANY times)
If you don’t have a child this age, I hope you’ll consider donating some money to keep this wonderful program going in your community, because it’s one of the greatest literacy programs I’ve ever seen… So great that I believe it will go down as one of Dolly Parton’s greatest accomplishments!