Dolly Parton Reads Imagination Library Stories. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.
In an announcement on social media Monday, Dolly Parton said she would begin reading books from her Imagination Library starting April 2, 2020. Dolly posted a short video on the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Facebook page. The segment ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ is scheduled on April 2, 2020 from 7-7:15 p.m April. The superstar’s Goodnight With Dolly video series is exactly what the country needs during this time of uncertainty.
Dolly Parton gave us hits like “Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You.” She is one-third of the comedy trio from the film 9 to 5, and sends books to 850,000 children per month. Now Dolly Parton will read us bedtime stories when we need them most.
Dolly will kick off a 10-book video series with The Little Engine That Could, and will continue weekly with other titles from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
“I hope this gift will further inspire a love of books and shared storytime during this important time… From everyone on our team, thank you so much for inspiring a love of reading in your family. As I always say — We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails — and we’re going to do just that, together,” said Dolly.
Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.
“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer,” said Dolly. “The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”