Yesterday, Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a special dedication of the Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress collection. The dedication was streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, allowing fans of Imagination Library to be a part of the celebration.
The Imagination Library program mails a book to children from birth to age five, at no cost to the family. Local organizations around the county serve as affiliates, to offer local children access to books, increasing early childhood literacy.
The Book Lady was looking forward to her trip to DC for the dedication. Of her many successes, awards and personal achievements, this day was one Dolly will treasure forever alongside many of the people who help make the Imagination Library possible. The once small program inspired by Dolly’s father will now have its own place in the world’s largest library.
Dolly said, “I’m really looking forward to dedicating my Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress. It’s a big honor and one that I’m so very proud to share with the many special partners and local affiliates who have helped make this day possible. Together we can all Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.”
Parton celebrated the milestone by reading her A Coat of Many Colors to children, and presenting them each with a copy of the book to take home.
United Way of Missoula County administers the local Imagination Library for children living in Missoula and Mineral counties. In its third year, about 3,000 children are enrolled, receiving a book in the mail each month. In April of this year, United Way will celebrate the delivery of the 100,000 book to a local child.
“We are excited to be an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and thrilled to celebrate the 100 millionth book! This program is making such a difference for hundreds of local families,” said Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County. “Our local supporters, like First Security Bank and many individual donors, make it possible to reach 3,000 children a month with the gift of reading.”
Learn more about United Way’s Imagination Library program at their WEBSITE.