PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Tennessee native and world-renowned artist, Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a special presentation today of the Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress collection.
Since launching in 1996, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth until they begin school in participating areas. The program was inspired by Dolly Parton’s father’s inability to read. Today, the program spans four countries – U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia – and mails more than 1 million free books each month to children around the world.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has celebrated many milestones. Some of which include mailing the 25 millionth book (2010), Best Practices Award from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards (2014) and the 1 Million A Month Milestone (2016). Reaching the 100 Millionth Book Milestone is a true testament to the dedication of the many people who work to “put more books in the hands of more children.”
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the U.S. – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs, and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.
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Originally posted on www.dollyparton.com.