Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Celebrating Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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Dolly Parton is a national treasure; I don’t think anyone disagrees with that. She’s been historically one of America’s most wholesome celebrities, and her philanthropy is known throughout the entire world. She was even one of the biggest independent donors to the Moderna vaccine, donating over a million dollars to research and development.

Suds and Stories—Tackling Literacy at Laundromats

Suds and Stories—Tackling Literacy at Laundromats

Laundromats across the country are taking on an unexpected cause—childhood literacy. Several organizations are connecting libraries to laundromats and holding free book-shares and storytimes for low-income neighborhoods. The incentive is to boost literacy among children whose community libraries are defunct or overcrowded and under-resourced. Now children are learning the joy of reading somewhere their families frequent, without the added hurdle of library fines and fees. These programs work through a myriad of methods, with some of them equipping parents to read to their children while waiting, hosting librarians for a book-reading, distributing and lending books, or even setting up Wi-Fi …

‘Book Poverty:’ The Epidemic of Closing Libraries

‘Book Poverty:’ The Epidemic of Closing Libraries

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March 7, 2019 is World Book Day, and fewer children than ever are reading. Budget cuts and library closures are serious threats to childhood literacy—and marginalized communities have been impacted the most severely.   Image Via Cagle Cartoons   Libraries offer more than just books—if books are ever ‘just’ anything. Just a whole world small enough to fit into your backpack? Just a $2,000 plane ticket for the low low price of $0.00? Just a work of art as enduring as any hanging up in a museum (and one that you can take home without being arrested)? Libraries are a …