Dolly Parton, our favorite country singer and debutante, founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1995, as a way to get kids around the country reading. This month, they reached their usual goal (an exciting one!): They mailed out over a million books, about 92,000,000 being free.
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) June 27, 2017
What made Parton start the program? Apparently, the reason is very close to home: Her dad never learned how to read.
Dolly Parton’s dad never learned to read. She started a program which sends a book every month to children in need. 92. Million. Books. https://t.co/IGIw4dBbpn
— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) July 27, 2017
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) June 9, 2017
Every month, the organization mails out a million books to kids as a way to foster creativity and learning. Their Twitter is also littered with quotes from Parton that make you believe there is still kindness in the world:
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) July 9, 2017
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) July 2, 2017
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) June 5, 2017
This book is one of my personal favorites:
Make-believe adventure awaits in “King Jack and the Dragon” by Peter Bentley and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. pic.twitter.com/97MpktiEOl
— Imagination Library (@dollyslibrary) May 30, 2017
This is where PJ Library, a Jewish nonprofit that send free books to kids, got its inspiration.
What’s one of yours? Tell us in the comments below.