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Dolly Parton Is Expanding Efforts to Fight Illiteracy

by Chase Thomas
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is expanding statewide to Kentucky.

In a new video shared to her Twitter account, Parton revealed that her famous program would be expanding to cover the entire state of Kentucky.

From Dolly’s Twitter account:

I’m so happy to share that @dollyslibrary is expanding statewide in Kentucky. 📚 Thank you to everyone partnering with us to make more dreams come true.

Parton thanked the Kentucky state legislature and multiple senators along with all of the partners for the nonprofit in a short, 30-second video celebrating the long-awaited announcement.

What is the Imagination Library?

The nonprofit mails books to children from the time that they enter this world all the way up to the age of five years old free of charge. Another fundamental element of the program is that they do not change who qualifies based on income.

Parton started the nonprofit to help young children gain access to books in her home state as she saw the importance of access for young children and was inspired by the fact that her father was not able to read. The program began in her home state of Tennessee and it only expanded from there.

Since launching all the way back in 1995, the program has donated over 150 million books to children all over the world, including Australia and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to those books donated all over the world, Parton’s Imagination Library has registered 1,895,198 children, globally, as well, per the Imagination Library website.

Parton On What’s Next Following The News

Dolly is no stranger to humanitarian work. On October 24th she performed for a Breast Cancer Benefit concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“Now we got a lot of work to do, so we better get on out there. Let’s get to it.”

She tweeted about the event saying the following:

“I am thrilled to be performing some of my greatest hits for such a worthy cause. Breast cancer has touched every single one of us in some capacity so I hope we can raise some good money and help fight this horrible disease, so bring your checkbooks! http://kissbreastcancergoodbye.com”

The country music legend is now 75-years-old. She also recently made headlines for parting up with Reba to collaborate on the hit song, “Does He Love You?”