Pigeon Forge, Tenn: Music icon Dolly Parton celebrated a big milestone on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The Library of Congress honoured her for donating 100 millionth book in her non-profit organization, Imagination Library.
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library founded in 1995, has introduced millions of children to reading habit around the globe.
“I always like to say that 100 million books have led to 100 million stories,” Parton said. “I am so honored that our little program has now grown to such a point that we can partner with the Library of Congress to bring even more stories to children across the country.”
Dolly Parton’s book Coat of Many Colors is now a part of this book gifting organization Imagination Library. The book is an adaptation of her iconic song of the same name.
Parton and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden also announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with more than 160 million items cataloged.
The Imagination Library now distributes 1 million books every month. It also mails free books to children of five years from birth in communities participating within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
From March to August on the last Friday of each month, the library will host story time in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10:30 a.m. The events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The programs will also be live streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.
Information Source: The Dollywood Foundation
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