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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.

 

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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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Dolly Parton Just Donated Her 100 Millionth Children’s Book

Dolly Parton is an amazing human being. She has had a whirlwind of a career that includes music, film, television, and so much more! She is versatile and strong to the 1,000th power! Regardless of her talent and force, however, she’s been the butt of many jokes; been teased and shamed by those around her (in classic Dolly-fashion though, she’s always had a quip or a fiery retort to shoot back!). The truth is though, that Dolly Parton is kind, soulful, talented, and someone who is instilling the importance of reading to the youth of America! And she is totally showing people that you should never judge a book by it’s cover!

 

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In 1995, Dolly Parton began the organization known as Imagination Library in her father’s honor, citing the Bible’s instruction to “honor your mother and father.” The non-profit  began in Sevier County, Tennessee, and has become something far greater than that: a million-book-a-month service for children.

 

From birth until kindergarten, kids whose families sign up for the program can expect to receive one book a month from Parton’s operation. Parton, whose father never learned how to read or write, wants to bring knowledge and learning to the potential leaders of tomorrow. She has always been someone who believes in her principals and beliefs, and has even explained that this program is her proudest accomplishment.

 

Imagination Library

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Seventy-two-year-old Parton celebrated her honorary title as “book lady” after giving away her 100 millionth free book to the organization at the Library of Congress, and had the chance to read to a group of preschoolers. She read her children’s book, Coat of Many Colors, and made sure that the kids understood the tremendous impact that reading and writing has on the mind and soul. In addition to simply reading the words, Dolly even sang some of the lines written-bringing an even wider range of what we can do through the power of reading to the teacup-sized human audience.

 

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Say what you want about Dolly Parton, but I think she’s doing something truly amazing for the children in this country. And she’s a totally strong, independent, beautiful human being and woman to boot! 

 

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Dolly Parton’s Library Donates Over 98 MILLION Books to Kids

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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