This week, country music legend Dolly Parton celebrated a big milestone: 100 million books. That’s right, books. Parton’s nonprofit, Imagination Library, mails free books to children from birth to age 5 across the country, and this week, she celebrated the program’s remarkable growth in a special ceremony at the Library of Congress.
In 1995, 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. The new program gave each child a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, Dolly wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Continue Reading →