Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was established in 1985 by the Dollywood Foundation and aims to mail one free book per month to the homes of children every year, from the time they are born to age five.
According to Dolly Parton’s organization, The Dollywood Foundation, by the age of three, children in lower income families have been exposed to 30 million less words than children from higher income families.
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Since the Imagination Library was founded, it has delivered more than 98 million, and in 2016 the Dollywood Foundation reached a milestone of mailing out one million books per month.
Jeff Conyers, director of the Foundation said that Dolly Parton, who grew up in poverty in Tennessee, saw how her father was hindered by his illiteracy and this inspired her to assist in encouraging a love of reading and writing among younger generations.
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