Dolly’s heart is bigger than her hair because she never stops paying it forward with her charitable causes.
One that deserves mentioning is her Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that mails free books to children each month in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. The inspiration behind it was her father who neither could read nor write back when she was not yet a Country Star. According to Dolly, her being called as “The Book Lady” gives her dad great pride.
“My daddy just loved it when all the little kids would call me “The Book Lady.” That meant more to him than the fact that I had become a star and worked my butt off.”
Dolly’s vision is simple. That is to ‘to foster a love of reading among….. children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.’
(lifted from DPIL’s Vision)
Imagination’s Library as a Dream Come True
Her passion project definitely is paying off since its launch in 1995. Without fail, statistics show that literacy among children consistently improves due to this initiative. From her home county in East, Tennessee, her Imagination Library continues to make a huge impact in many communities. That’s both local and abroad. (Political figures engaged in educational campaigns should warm up to this. The idea of expanding this book reading program globally will be an educational breakthrough ).
As it primarily benefits children, the program likewise is a great platform to recognize the literary works of budding authors. With DPIL’s Book Selection Committee partnering with Publishers, these authors’ books have the chance to be selected and included in the Imagination’s Library.
To date, almost 100 million books have been distributed worldwide. A great feat, indeed! Totally worth it, though.