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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Launches Free Book Charity in Ireland

You may know Dolly Parton as a record-breaking country musician (and sequin enthusiast). At age seventy-three, she’s still gorgeous and iconic as ever, making news with her recent appearance in YA adaptation Dumplin’ and her possible BTS collaboration. What you may not know is that she’s been a philanthropist for decades now. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a charity providing free books to children in order to encourage intellectual development and a lifelong love of reading.

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Logo

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DPIL has provided over two decades worth of books to deserving children regardless of family income. Founded in 1995, the program mails free, “high-quality” books to children from the moment they leave the womb to the moment they step foot in their first classroom. While the program was initially only available in Sevier County, TN—where our beloved Dolly Parton is from—the charity gained national recognition. By 2003, the program had given children around one million books. The program is now international, operating in Canada, the UK, and Australia. As of today, Dolly’s vivid imagination has brought the Imagination Library to Ireland.

 

Dolly Parton reads a picture book to a crowd of happy children

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A letter from Dolly Parton herself describes the heartfelt reasons behind her charity’s founding:

Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I had ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.

Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children.

It’s been quite a journey but we have so much more left to do. I would love for your community to join our family so please take the time to explore our website. Let’s share this dream that all children should grow up in a home full of books.

The charity may have started off as a figment of Dolly Parton’s imagination, but this dream has seriously come true. Since its founding, DPIL has distributed over 100 million free books to children… and that number will only continue to grow as children in Dublin register to receive their free books.

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) mailing totals as of January 2019

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As DPIL launched in Ireland, Parton urged parents to enroll their children: “I know there are children in Ireland with their own dreams… the seeds of these dreams can often be found in books, and the seeds planted in a community can grow across the world.” All children under the age of five in Dublin 24 now have access to the program—and its free books! The program has ambitious goals: 21,600 books for 3,200 children within the first year. After that, Irish program coordinators hope the program will spread throughout the country.

Interested parents can register their young readers at www.cdi.ie/imaginationlibrary!

 

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Comic Books

Library of Congress Receives Largest Donation of Comic Books Ever

Stephen A. Geppi, a collector and entrepreneur based out of Baltimore, is donating over 3,000 comic books and pop-culture collectables to the Library of Congress. The new additions to the library include the 1938 comic book in which Spiderman makes his debut, Beatles memorabilia, and American cartoonist Richard Outcault’s printing blocks. The donation even includes Mickey Mouse storyboards from the 1929 cartoon Plane Crazy, which has the single greatest synopsis on IMDB I have ever read: “Mickey builds a plane to take Minnie for a trip involving some necking, though Minnie objects to the necking.” Nice.

 

The donation is valued in the millions, according to the Library of Congress, but even more important than the value of the donation is the message that it sends. Both Geppi, the donor, and Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, have similar views on comic books as valuable pieces of cultural history. 

 

“Can you imagine having Action Comics No. 1 sitting right next to the Gutenberg Bible in a display — putting it on that level of importance in pop culture?” Geppi told The Washington Post, referencing Spiderman’s debut comic.

 

Hayden also spoke of the value of comic books, especially in terms of drawing a new pool of patrons to the Library. She explained, “When Steve asked about making this gift, I was just thrilled, because it supports something here that is a touchstone for many people who might not otherwise think the Library of Congress is a library for them.” 

 

The Library currently has over 140,000 issues of about 13,000 comic-book titles, and will start displaying some of the pieces from Geppi’s donation this summer. 

 

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