Dolly Parton Delivers Early ‘Surprise’ Christmas Present

by Taylor Cunningham
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Nashville’s sweetheart, Dolly Parton, made an announcement today. And it looks like Christmas is coming early for country fans.

It’s not even November yet, but Christmas is in the air. Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas is in full swing, tinsel and pine are lining the walls of department stores, and county artists are releasing their holiday albums. And Dolly Parton announced on Twitter that a deluxe version of her 2020 Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, is available today.

“Surprise! Christmas is coming early this year,” she wrote. “Enjoy A Holly Dolly Christmas Deluxe that includes the tracks, I Still Believe, Three Candles, and The Wish Book.

Last year, Dolly released A Holly Dolly Christmas, which was surprisingly her first-ever full-length Christmas album. Tracks included both new and old holiday favorites. And singer like Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Miley Cyrus lent their voices to the album.

Parton’s A Holly Dolly Christmas Deluxe is available now on Apple Music.

Dolly Parton Is Expanding Efforts to Fight Illiteracy

Dolly Parton is bringing her Imagination Library literacy program to Kentucky.

If you have kids and live in Tennessee, you’ve probably heard of Imagination Library. It is a program that works to fight illiteracy, and it’s the brainchild of country singing superstar Dolly Parton.

Here’s how it works: When a baby is born in the Volunteer State, Dolly will send an age-appropriate book right to the child’s home once a month for the first five years of their life. It’s simple. The parents sign up for the program after mom gives birth at the hospital. And Dolly Parton takes care of the rest.

Imagination Library started in 1995, and it supplied books to children living in Sevier County, which is where Dolly grew up. Then over the years, it spread throughout the entire state of Tennessee. And by 2003, Dolly’s program had mailed one million books.

Now, Dolly is bringing the program to Kentucky. On October 26th, the singer revealed on Twitter that thanks to the Kentucky state legislature, every child in Tennessee’s neighbor state will be eligible, and she’s excited to get started.

“I’m so happy to share that @dollyslibrary is expanding statewide in Kentucky,” she wrote alongside a video. “Thank you to everyone partnering with us to make more dreams come true.”