As if we needed another reason to love Dolly Parton! The country star recently announced a collaboration with the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to promote literacy and a love for reading across the United States.
Parton’s organization, Imagination Library, launched in 1995 as a means to mail new books to kids in need of reading material each month from birth to high school. Imagination Library presented their 100 millionth book (Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”) to the Library of Congress on Tuesday.
Now, the two organizations will work together to hold a storytime event the last Friday of each month which will be broadcast in libraries across the nation.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are, because today we are celebrating literacy, learning and reading, and we couldn’t ask for a better person or organization to collaborate with today,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said at the press conference.
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The kids who attended the press event announcing the collaboration between Imagination Library and the Library of Congress also each received a copy of Parton’s children book “Coat of Many Colors” from which Parton read and sang portions of.
Literacy is particularly important to Parton since her father never learned how to read, and she dedicates her work with Imagination Library in his honor.