It’s national book lovers day. Therefore, country icon Dolly Parton is showing her appreciation in a big way.
“The seeds of dreams are often found in books, and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world. I dream of writing my own novel one day,” the country superstar wrote in a tweet.
She also provided a link to imaginationlibrary.com. Moreover, Dolly Parton started the organization. She started it with the mission to provide free books to children all over the world.
Parton Started Imagination Library In Honor Of Her Father
People don’t just love Dolly for her music. People also love her for the extensive amount she gives back to communities both locally and abroad. Parton’s work with Imagination Library only scratches the surface of what she does.
“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland,” the website says.
According to the website, Parton started the organization because of her father’s inability to read and write. She penned an open letter to supporters of Imagination Library on her website.
“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,” she wrote
“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.”
Now, Parton has taken that and given back in a huge way. Imagination library donates over 1 million books a month.
And as far as Parton writing a novel goes, it’s a guarantee that whatever she writes, it’ll fly off the shelves.
Dolly Parton Comes From Humble Beginnings
Dolly Parton comes from a large family. Her father, Robert, was a sharecropper. She’s the fourth of twelve children and raised by her father and her mother, Avie. She feels like she got her work ethic from her father, and is clearly inspired by the work he did for her family.
Her father, born in 1921 in Sevierville, Tennessee, on his parents’ farm. He and his parents worked incredibly hard just to make ends meet. The imagination library website describes him as “a knowledgeable farmer, shrewd dealmaker, and skilled tradesman.”
Clearly, he raised an amazing woman all while doing incredibly difficult work.
Dolly Parton is now 75, but she’s not planning on slowing down any time soon. Hopefully, she’ll come out with that book she always dreamed of writing. Whatever it is, if she writes a book as well as she does her music, it’s sure to be fantastic.